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  • Updated: September 26, 2021

Pele Congratulates Messi For Creating New South American Goalscoring Record

Brazilian legend Pele congratulated Lionel Messi on Saturday for overtaking him as South America’s top goalscorer in international football.

Messi surpassed Pele’s mark of 77 goals by scoring a hat-trick in Argentina’s 3-0 win over Bolivia in a home 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Sept. 9.

The 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward has now scored 79 times in 153 appearances for the Albiceleste.

“Hi @leomessi. Sorry if I’m late. However, I didn’t want to pass up the chance to congratulate you for another record broken earlier this month,” Pele wrote on Instagram.

“Your talent when playing soccer is outstanding! I hope you achieve even more, alongside my friends @k.mbappe and @neymarjr.”

Pele has been hospitalised since undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his colon on Sept. 4.

The 80-year-old has since posted regular messages and photos on social media to assure fans that he is recovering well.

The former Santos and New York Cosmos star is the only player to have won the World Cup three times and is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

He scored a world-record tally of 1,281 goals in a 1,363-match professional career that spanned 21 years.

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