Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two most profitable footballers of this era. At current, nonetheless, it’s the 36-year-old Portugal worldwide who has the edge in nationwide staff colours.
Ronaldo turned the all-time worldwide prime scorer of males’s soccer along with his brace against Ireland in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. The double took his tally to 111, which is 2 greater than earlier record-holder Ali Daei’s (Iran) magic determine of 109.
His “arch-nemesis” Lionel Messi, on the different hand, is the joint-eighth highest scorer with 76 goals and nonetheless wants two extra to surpass the nice Pele (77). Despite trailing Ronaldo by 35 goals, Messi has been no much less menacing on the worldwide scene. The Paris Saint-Germain man received the Copa America 2021 in the summer season and is set to enhance his objective tally in the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Over the course of his worldwide profession, Messi has scored against many groups, however some have been somewhat too ‘welcoming.’ Messi has picked up 26 goals from these 5 countries alone, which contributes to over 34% of his whole goals.
5 countries Lionel Messi loves to attain against for Argentina
#5 Paraguay – 5 goals
Paraguay went to Argentina for their 2014 World Cup Qualifiers in September 2013. The hosts had been totally the higher staff and convincingly got here out on prime on the night time. Lionel Messi scored the third objective for Argentina, serving to them to a snug 3-1 win. In the return leg, Paraguay scored a few goals against the favorites, however Lionel Messi’s brace nipped their hopes of a comeback in the bud.
In the 2015 and 2019 Copa America, Paraguay managed to maintain Argentina from getting three factors. And had it not been for Lionel Messi, who scored a objective every on two events, the underdogs would have walked with most factors.
#4 Brazil – 5 goals
Brazil and Argentina arguably have the most adorned rivalry in soccer historical past. The two South American countries have produced loads of gems over the years, rewarding us with unforgettable reminiscences.
Being arguably the finest participant in the world, Messi has additionally been desirous to do his finest against Brazil. Unfortunately, the Argentine is but to attain in an official match against the Selecao.
All of Lionel Messi’s 5 goals have are available friendlies. His first objective against Brazil was in November 2010 in Qatar, which helped his aspect to a 1-0 win. He then scored a hat-trick against Neymar’s aspect on June ninth, 2012, in the United States, main Argentina to a 4-3 triumph. He lastly netted his fifth in the 2019 Superclasico de las Americas, serving to Argentina to a 1-0 victory.
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