Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two most successful footballers of this generation. Currently, however, it is the 36-year-old Portugal international who is ahead in the national team colors.
Ronaldo became the international top scorer of all time with his brace against Ireland in the 2022 World Cup qualification. The doubles increased his record to 111, two more than the previous record holder Ali Daei’s (Iran )’s magic number of 109.
His “archenemy” Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is the eighth top scorer with 76 goals and needs two more to surpass the great Pele (77). Despite being 35 goals behind Ronaldo, Messi is no less menacing on the international stage. The Paris Saint-Germain man won the 2021 Copa America in the summer and is determined to improve his goal record at the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Messi has scored against many teams in the course of his international career, but some have been a little too “hospitable”. Messi has scored 26 goals from these five countries alone, which is over 34% of his total goals.
5 countries Lionel Messi likes to score against for Argentina
# 5 Paraguay – 5 goals
Paraguay traveled to Argentina in September 2013 to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The hosts were consistently the better team and prevailed convincingly during the night. Lionel Messi scored the third goal for Argentina, giving them a comfortable 3-1 win. Paraguay scored a few goals against the favorites in the second leg, but Lionel Messi’s brace raised hopes of a comeback in the bud.
At the 2015 and 2019 Copa America, Paraguay managed to keep Argentina from scooping three points. And if it had not been for Lionel Messi, who scored twice each, the underdogs would have been on the way with the maximum number of points.
# 4 Brazil – 5 goals
Brazil and Argentina have arguably the most decorated rivalry in football history. The two South American countries have produced many jewels over the years that reward us with unforgettable memories.
As arguably the best player in the world, Messi also wanted to do his best against Brazil. Unfortunately, the Argentine has not yet scored a goal in an official tournament against them Selecao.
Lionel Messi’s five goals were all in friendly matches. His first goal against Brazil came in November 2010 in Qatar, which helped his team to a 1-0 win. On June 9, 2012, he scored a hat trick against Neymar’s team in the USA and led Argentina to a 4-3 triumph. In the Superclasico de las Americas 2019 he finally scored his fifth goal and helped Argentina to a 1-0 victory.
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