Argentina seemed destined to drop points in front of their supporters, but having Lionel Messi around is always good news for them.
The Argentine scored the game-winning goal for La Albiceleste against Ecuador with a stunning free kick, which single-handedly gave him the chance to nab another record for his already impressive resume.
"La Pulga" found the back of the net with a left-footed shot that went over the wall and into Hernán Galíndez's net, making fans in the stands go berserk thanks to their captain's heroics.
Have a look at Messi's golazo (Image might be geo-restricted).
With this goal, Messi is now the joint-top scorer in World Cup Qualifying matches for CONMEBOL, with his friend and former teammate Luis Suárez sharing that milestone. With the Uruguayan out of international duty with La Celeste this month, Messi could earn the record all to himself next Tuesday...
¡GO-LA-ZO!— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) September 8, 2023
Con el sello de la casa, Messi de tiro libre la puso en el ángulo y llega a 104 goles con la albiceleste en 176 partidos.
Argentina 1-0 Ecuador
EN VIVO por @Telemundo #RumboAlMundial #Somos26 #EliminatoriasSudamericanas pic.twitter.com/nuiFtoK1fJ
RECORD EQUALLED!— MessivsRonaldo.app (@mvsrapp) September 8, 2023
Lionel Messi has now equalled the record of Luis Suarez for most goals scored in South American World Cup Qualifiers!
Luis Suarez: pic.twitter.com/oLHxNhrs4F