La Pulga is close to the Brazilian legend in the table of top scorers of the South American teams
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Lionel Messi is close to breaking Pele's goal record.
At the table of the greatest footballers of all time, there are several South American players and three of them are Argentine. Alfredo Di Stéfano and Diego Maradona were the stars of their time, while Lionel Messi is the king of world football for the last 15 years. La Pulga occupies a throne that was threatened several times by Cristiano Ronaldo and still has time to expand his legend.
Each season represents for Messi a new opportunity to reach a new milestone, break a record and write a new page in the history of the sport. He is already the top scorer in the history of the Argentine National Team with 71 goals in 139 games, but he is close to being it at the regional level.
Currently, the footballer who scored the most goals for the South American teams is Pelé . The Brazilian, one of the out of series with Di Stéfano, Maradona and Cruff , managed to convert 77 goals with Canarinha . That is, Leo Messi is only six shouts from O Rei .
It would be difficult – but not impossible – to match him on this double date against Paraguay and Peru . La Pulga has just scored a penalty goal against Ecuador and reached 22 goals in qualifying for the World Cup . He is in fact the top scorer in the South American Qualifiers alongside his friend Luis Suárez. He also scored 34 goals in friendlies, nine in America's Cups and six in World Cups . Thus, sooner rather than later, the Rosario star will reach the top of this ranking where there are several players from this time.
Neymar completed on the podium with 64 goals and behind him comes the Uruguayan Luis Suárez (62) , with the same scores as Ronaldo . Edinson Cavani (50), Alexis Sánchez (45) and Sergio Kun Agüero (42) also appear. They are attackers who currently represent the different teams in South America and who have become the top scorers for their countries.
Lionel Messi left Batistuta behind in goals and goes for Mascherano's match record (EFE)
Moreover, Leo Messi and Argentina time leading scorer: left behind in 2016 the 54 goals from Gabriel Batistuta. Now he aims to also become the player with the most presence in the Albiceleste . He is only five games away from beating Javier Zanetti (143 games) and with another five more he will displace Javier Mascherano (147) from the top.