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Messi sets new record after Argentina’s latest victory

Argentina captain Lionel Messi set a new record on Friday when he scored a goal in his team’s 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff against Venezuela.

In his first appearance for the Albiceleste since November of last year, the Paris Saint-Germain attacker scored in Argentina’s 3-0 triumph over Venezuela.

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Messi’s goal against Venezuela was his eighth of the season, trailing just Bolivia’s Marcel Moreno (10) and Brazil’s Neymar (8).

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Overall, Messi now has 28 goals in FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which ties him with former Barcelona colleague Luis Suarez for the most in CONMEBOL history.

The seven-time Ballon d’ Or winner is ahead of Bolivia’s Marcelo Martins (22), Chile’s Alexis Sanchez (19) and Argentine legend, Hernan Crespo (19) comprise the top five.

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Meanwhile, Argentina have already booked their place in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The Copa America champions still have a playoff against Ecuador and Messi has the chance to bag a few more and take the outright lead in CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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