Messi’s hat-trick leads Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Bolivia

Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi scored three goals to lead Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in last night’s World Cup qualifiers and in tops the list of South American scorers with 79 goals, ahead of Pele. Messi opened the scoring after 14 minutes with a long shot area of rigor. He scored the second goal after an exchange of passes with Lautaro Martinez within thearea penalty and completed the hat-trick two minutes before the end from close range. This is Messi’s seventh hat-trick with Argentina and he has a two-goal lead over Pele as South America’s top scorer. “I was really nervous and wanted to enjoy it,” Messi said. I waited for it so long and gave everything I had and dreamed of it. It is an exceptional moment for how it came after a long wait ”. (Reuters)

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