ATLANTA, GEORGIA—On Thursday, Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi put on a show with a hat trick to carry Argentina to a 3-0 win over the visiting Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier.
With his superb performance, Messi moved past Brazilian soccer legend Pele as South America’s top male scorer with 79 goals.
At the moment, Argentina is second behind Brazil in the 10-team qualifying group for Qatar in 2022.
The top four teams qualify automatically and the fifth-placed side goes into an inter-regional playoff.
Messi hopes to win another Champions League crown after signing a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain.
In his formal introduction to the media as a member of PSG, Messi said leaving FCB was one of the toughest moments in his life.
Messi said that now that he had a new team with PSG he is very motivated to play and hopefully win championships with the soccer club.
“My exit from Barca was very tough, after so many years, but as soon as I arrived here I was so happy, so motivated, so excited. It has happened so fast, but I am enjoying it so much,” Messi said.
“My goal and my dream are to win the Champions League once more. I think that we have the team to do it here,” Messi added.
In signing his PSG contract, Messi is expected to earn between €30-35 million ($35-41m) net a year.
PSG was able to contact Messi on August 4 after his supposed five-year contract with Barca fell due to economic problems.

By bob

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