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Pele hails Messi for new South American goalscoring record

Brazilian legend Pelé praised Lionel Messi on Saturday for overtaking him as South America’s top scorer in international football.

Messi passed Pelé’s 77-goal mark in scoring a hat-trick in Argentina’s 3-0 win over Bolivia in a home game for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on September 9.

The 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward has now scored 79 times in 153 appearances for the Albiceleste.

“Hi @leomessi. Sorry if I’m late. However, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to congratulate you on another record broken earlier this month, ”Pele wrote on Instagram.

“Your talent when playing football is exceptional! I hope you will accomplish even more, alongside my friends @ k.mbappe and @neymarjr.

Pelé has been hospitalized since undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his colon on September 4.

The 80-year-old has since posted regular messages and photos on social media to assure fans that he is recovering well.

The former Santos and New York star Cosmos is the only player to have won the World Cup three times and is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

He scored a world record of 1,281 goals in a professional career of 1,363 games that spanned 21 years. (Xinhua /)

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