Copa America 2024: Lionel Messi is the second top scorer for national teams in history

Copa America 2024: Lionel Messi is the second top scorer for national teams in history
Copa America 2024: Lionel Messi is the second top scorer for national teams in history

Messi equals Ali Daei after his goal in the match against Canada in the Copa America. Find out the details.

Messi equals Ali Daei as second-highest scorer for international teams after the match against Canada.

Lionel Messi reached a new milestone in his career by becoming the second top scorer in the history of the national teamsThe Captain’s goal against Canada not only allowed Argentina to advance to the final of the Copa Americabut also allowed him equal Ali Daei on the list of top scorers for national teams. Daei, a lesser-known name to many football fans, achieved his 109 goals in 149 games, while Messi reached this figure in 186 matcheshighlighting his consistency throughout his international career.

This achievement comes at a crucial time, as Messi had not scored since the friendly against Guatemala prior to the continental tournament. The competition to be the top scorer at international level continues to rage between Messi and Ronaldo, despite both players being in the final stages of their careers.

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Who is the first?

Cristiano Ronaldo remains the leader on this list with 130 goals in 212 games. Although Portugal was left out of the EurocupRonaldo continues to top the statistics. His ability to stay at the top reflects his extraordinary skill and longevity in international football. With Messi and Ronaldo constantly outdoing themselves, the competition for first place remains alive and exciting for global football fans.

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Top 10 top scorers for national teams in history

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 130 goals in 212 matches
  2. Ali Daei (Iran): 109 goals in 149 matches
  3. Lionel Messi (Argentina): 109 goals in 186 matches
  4. Sunil Chhetri (India): 95 goals in 151 matches
  5. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia): 89 goals in 143 matches
  6. Ali Mabkhout (United Arab Emirates): 85 goals in 114 matches
  7. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium): 85 goals in 119 matches
  8. Ferenc Puskás (Hungary and Spain): 84 goals in 89 matches
  9. Robert Lewandowski (Poland): 83 goals in 152 matches
  10. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia): 79 goals in 111 matches

Source: Ambito

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