The 34-year-old Paris Saint Germain star scored a very bizarre goal in the 38th minute which opened the scoring in the World Cup qualification game.
Based on the visuals that emanated from the game, Lionel Messi attempted to make a pass to Nico Gonzalez, but the footballer failed to connect with the pass.
Strangely, Uruguayan goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera could not stop the pass as he helplessly watched the ball roll into the net.
SENSATIONAL GOAL BY LIONEL MESSI 🌟 pic.twitter.com/MvOoXIlX2m— LC (@LionelCamera) October 11, 2021
The Bizzare goal did not only give Argentina the lead in the keenly contested game, but the goal also made Lionel Messi the first footballer in South America to score 80 international goals.
Before the record-making goal, Messi had already made himself the all-time highest goalscorer in international football in South America, a record which was held by Brazilian football legend, Pele.
With his strange goal against Uruguay, Lionel Messi is now the 5th all-time highest goalscorer in international football worldwide. He is 32 goals away from highest-rated Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi’s goal against Uruguay was not the only goal Argentina scored against Luis Suarez’s led team during the game. Four minutes after Messi scored his record-making goal against the visitors, Rodrigo de Paul scored the country’s second goal in the 44th minute.
Messi was also involved in the third goal of the game which was scored by Lautaro Martinez in the 62nd minute.
After the 3-0 win over Uruguay, Lionel Messi described the victory as a “Great triumph”, adding that everything worked perfectly for his team.
He said: “How nice to be able to enjoy these moments that we are living! Great triumph !!! Thanks again for how you make me feel.
“We played a great game. Everything worked out perfectly… Uruguay waits for you and they generate danger. Once we got the first goal we started to find space and the goals appeared.”
The 3-0 win over Uruguay means that Argentina are still sitting on the second spot on the South America World Cup qualification table with 22 points in 10 games, 6 points behind first-placed Brazil.
Argentina’s next World Cup qualification match is against Peru and that of Brazil is against Uruguay. The two matches will take place on October 15, 2021.
The South America World Cup qualification table is comprised of 10 countries. At the end of the qualification series, the first four teams will automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the 5th team will play an inter-continental playoff to qualify for the tournament.