ATLANTA, GEORGIA—At 34 years old Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi is not showing any signs of slowing down.
On Monday, Messi achieved two milestones in his storied soccer career in Argentina’s 4-1 victory against Bolivia at the Copa America.
Messi’s appearance in the game made him Argentina’s top soccer player as far as international soccer matches appearances are concerned.
According to reports, Messi has now represented his country 148 times one game ahead of former Barca teammate Javier Mascherano, who had 147 caps.
Aside from the record in international appearances, Messi also became his country’s top scorer in international matches after his two goals in their win gave him 75 goals total in his international soccer career.
Messi is very focused on winning this year’s Copa America for Argentina since he had yet to taste success in senior international football.
He won the Under-20 World Cup in 2005 and an Olympic gold medal with Argentina’s U23s in 2008 but has lost four major finals with the first team.
With Messi in the side, Argentina was beaten by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and have lost at the last stage in Copa America in 2007, 2015, and 2016.