ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi made another record in Argentina’s 1-1 draw against Chile in their Copa America opener on Monday.
The free-kick conversion of Messi in the game made him the active footballer to score the most free kicks with 57 career free kicks.
The 57 free kicks made him surpassed rival and friend Cristiano Ronaldo.
The latest accolade of Messi also made him just five goals short of Diego Maradona’s career tally of 62 free kicks.
Their draw is sweet for Messi since he also became Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer in official games with his strike, bagging his 39th goal in 98 games for the
Albiceleste and surpassed Gabriel Batistuta, who scored 38 before retiring after the 2002 World Cup.
According to reports, Messi’s strike was his 10th goal at the Copa America while he has netted six in World Cups and 23 in qualifiers. The Barcelona forward has scored a total of 73 goals for Argentina.
Asked about his latest achievement, Messi just downplayed his feat saying what they wanted is a win.
“We wanted to start with a win,” Messi said.
Messi said their team is now focused on their next game against the tough Uruguay soccer team.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.