Messi close on Pele’s record after scoring against Uruguay

South America By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 19/11/2019

Lionel Messi is close on Pele's international goal record after scoring in Argentina 2-2 draw against South American rivals, Uruguay in a friendly match played at Tel-Aviv.

The 32-year-old Barcelona captain returned to La Albiceleste squad since he was sent off in the third-place game against Chila at the Copa America in early July after missing September and October’s international matches due to banned handed by CONMEBOL for three months over comments he made at the tournament in Brazil.

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Messi has now scored back-to-back after netting the winner against their arch-rivals Brazil before scoring and provided an assist in the draw against Uruguay on Monday night where Edison Cavani, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero all get on the scoreboard.

The 2019 FIFA Player of the Year has now scored 70th goals for Argentina making him the second-highest scoring South American in international football only Brazil legend, Pele has scored more international goals (77) than Messi.