Lionel Messi surpassed Javier Zanetti before the start of the current Copa America. It was then known that the biggest star of the team is going to make history for Argentina in this year’s Copa, if he does not stay out of the field due to injury or any other special reason.
In that way, Messi set a new record. He now holds the record for most matches played in an Argentine jersey. Messi broke the record by playing against Paraguay on Tuesday morning. However, former captain Javier Mascherano is his partner here again.
Retired Mascherano has played 147 international matches for Argentina. Today, Messi shared that record. The current Argentina captain Lionel Messi rise to the top alone .
Argentina have already secured a place in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Paraguay. If they can reach the semi-finals and play in all the matches, Messi will be the first Argentine to set a record of 150 matches.
Messi received congratulations from his former teammate after sharing Mascherano’s record. Mascherano wrote on social media, ‘Congratulations on setting the record for most matches played for a national team. There is no one more deserving of this record than you. No one represents us better than you. ‘
Despite Argentina’s record for most matches, Messi lags far behind globally. Former Malaysian footballer Soh Chin Aun has played 224 matches before retiring. He is the only footballer to have played more than 200 international matches.
Spain’s Sergio Ramos (224) holds the record for most matches played. Messi’s arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo has played 177 matches. In all, there are 30 footballers who have played more than 150 matches.
Meanwhile, Messi is also calling for the record of the highest match in the Copa America 2021. So far, Messi has played 30 matches in the continental championship tournament. Former Chile goalkeeper Sergio Livingstone holds the record for most matches in a Copa. Messi will be able to share this record if he plays until the final in the current edition.