- Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick for Argentine in their 3-0 whitewash of Bolivia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
- The Argentine legend and teammates celebrated their summer triumph in the Copa America in front of their home fans
- Messi was reduced to tears while celebrating the elusive title saying he had dreamt of such a day and it finally came
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Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi celebrated the Copa America title in front of Argentinean fans after their 3-0 win over Bolivia in the World Cup qualifiers, SPORTbible reports.
Messi put up a 5-star performance in the encounter finding the back of the net once in the first half and then getting a brace in the second half.
But the best moment came after final whistle as the 34-year-old and his teammates lifted their summer triumph by parading the title in front of the home fans.
The PSG star had too much that he was reduced to tears of joy in what could be described as incredibly emotional scenes.
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Messi said via Rapler:
"There was no better way to celebrate than by being here. My mum is here, my siblings are in the stands. They have suffered so much and they are here celebrating.
"I am very happy.
“I dreamed a lot about this day and thank God it came. I have no words to thank you for all the love received. What a beautiful night, I really enjoyed it. Unforgettable.”
Messi smashes legendary Pele’s record
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old forward scored all three goals to keep his country second on the log with 18 points after eight games - eight points behind Brazil.
Apart from helping his national team claim maximum points at the end of the game, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner also surpassed legendary Pele's longstanding 77 goals record by a South American player.
The Paris Saint Germain now has 79 international goals to his name but still has a long way catching up with his longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
How Neymar wanted Barcelona return before Messi’s exit
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that president of Barcelona football club of Spain Joan Laporta has stated that Brazilian legend Neymar was desperate in reuniting with Lionel Messi at the Catalan club.
Laporta stated that Neymar was keen on a return to the Catalan outfit having left to join French club Paris Saint-Germain.
The playmaker was at the La Liga club for four years helping them to win two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and a Champions League.