Lionel Messi scored 2 and assisted Papu Gomez’s opener, as Argentina stormed past Bolivia 4-1, at the Pantanal Arena, in their final Group A match in the ongoing Copa America. Latauro Martinez scored Argentina’s 4th. The win is Argentina’s 17th straight match without a defeat having lost their last match against Brazil at the 2019 Copa America in Brazil in July 2019. Messi’s two goals have put him at 75, level on 9th of the World List with Japan’s Kunishige Kamamoto and UAE’s Ali Mabkhout. Iran’s Ali Daei and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo share the top spot with 109 items.
Messi is already Argentina’s leading goal scorer and trails only Pele (77) for the most goals in the Western Hemisphere, having passed Trinidad and Tobago’s Stern John (70) last year. Messi’s appearance (148th) in the match against Bolivia meant that he has passed former captain Javier Mascherano (147) as the most capped player for the Albiceleste.