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New record for Lionel Messi: he is the footballer with the most matches in the history of the Copa América

New record for Lionel Messi: he is the footballer with the most matches in the history of the Copa América
New record for Lionel Messi: he is the footballer with the most matches in the history of the Copa América

The captain of the Argentine National Team, 36 years old, is playing in his seventh edition of the highest continental soccer tournament, in which he has played 35

Lionel Messi This Thursday, at 36 years old, he became the player of soccer with the most matches played in the history of the America Cup upon reaching the figure of 35 presences with the Argentine National Teamat the opening of the United States 2024 event before Canada.

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As soon as the ball rolled at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, at the inauguration of the forty-eighth edition of the oldest national team tournament in the world, the captain of the Albiceleste expanded his legacy in South American football by setting a new record for the competition .

Lionel Messi He shared that honor with the Chilean goalkeeper Sergio Livingstone (34 games) since the final of the America Cup of Brazil 2021, where the Albiceleste was proclaimed champion, achieving its fifteenth trophy, the same number that Uruguay has held since Argentina 2011, and now they share as the teams with the most titles in the history of the tournament.

The 35 matches played by the Argentine 10 in the history of the America Cup They are distributed in six in Venezuela 2007, four in Argentina 2011, six in Chile 2015, five in Centenario 2016 in the United States, six in Brazil 2019, seven in Brazil 2021 and one in the recently inaugurated United States 2024.

Other records that Lionel Messi could break

The America Cup 2024 could also give the Argentine star two more records: becoming the top scorer in the history of the Copa América and being the first footballer to win the tournament consecutively as captain. The Brazilian Zizinho and the Argentine Norberto Mendez They share the record of being the top scorers in the history of the Copa América with 17 goals each.

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Lionel Messi, with 13, needs four goals to tie them and five to set a new record. The goal is achievable for the man from Rosario given his scoring ability, especially taking into account that in the Brazil 2021 edition he scored four goals, the same screams of the Colombian Luis Diaz to share the honor of being the top gunners of the last tournament.

Source: Ambito

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