Football: Messi top South American scorer with 79 goals in selection, receives congratulations from Pelé

Brazilian football legend Pelé congratulated Argentina’s Lionel Messi on social media on Saturday (September 25th) for surpassing his record as top scorer in a South American team this month as he recovers from surgery. of the colon in a hospital in Sao Paulo.

Messi surpassed the national record of 77 goals set by Pelé on 9 September. The Argentinian became South America’s top scorer, with 79 goals scored, thanks to a hat-trick in Qatar’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.

Alongside a photo of the Argentine star posted on Instagram, Pelé apologized for his delay in acknowledging Messi’s success, achieved when he had just had surgery on September 5 for a suspicious tumor in his stomach. colon.

« I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to congratulate you on setting a new record earlier this month. Your talent is incredible, » he added.

Pelé wished Messi to « score even more » alongside Kylian Mbappé and Neymar at Paris Saint Germain.

The 80-year-old Brazilian « king » is still recovering in a hospital in Sao Paulo. According to one of his daughters, Kely Nascimiento, who spoke on her Instagram account on Friday, Pelé « took a few steps ».

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