Lionel Messi in tears after yet another record for rgentina

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Lionel Messi's hat-trick for Argentina early on Friday morning ensured that he smashed yet another record in what was an emotional occasion for the forward.   

The new Paris Saint-Germain star scored all three goals in the Albiceleste's 3-0 win over Bolivia in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying tie at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Messi and his national teammates finally celebrating their Copa America triumph with Argentina supporters on Friday morning 

His hat-trick put him on 79 goals for Argentina to see him claim the record for the most international goals scored by a South American man, surpassing Brazilian legend Pele's 77 career goals for his nation.

In the process, Messi also overtook his former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez in becoming the leading goalscorer in CONMEBOL men's World Cup qualifying matches. 

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Despite achieving these feats, what made the Albiceleste icon's evening even more special was being able to finally celebrate Argentina's Copa America triumph with the supporters that were present at the stadium, visibly shedding tears as he did so.  

"I really wanted to be able to enjoy it," he said, according to Goal. 

"I waited a long time for this, I looked for it and I dreamed of it.  

"It's a unique moment for the way it happened after so much waiting. 

"There was no better way to celebrate this than to be here. My mother, my brothers are in the stands.  

"They suffered a lot and today, they are here celebrating. I'm very happy."

Here the top 11 all-time men's leading international goalscorers, per Squawka

2. Ali Daei (Iran) - 109 goals
2. Ali Daei (Iran) - 109 goals
7. Hussein Saeed (Iraq) - 78 goals
7. Hussein Saeed (Iraq) - 78 goals
4. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary& Spain) - 84 goals
4. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary& Spain) - 84 goals
5. Lionel Messi (Argentina) - 79 goals
5. Lionel Messi (Argentina) - 79 goals
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - 111 goals
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - 111 goals
3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) - 89 goals
3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) - 89 goals
8. Pele (Brazil) - 77 goals
8. Pele (Brazil) - 77 goals
6. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia) - 79 goals
6. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia) - 79 goals
10. Bashar Abdullah (Kuwait) - 75 goals
10. Bashar Abdullah (Kuwait) - 75 goals
Scroll through the gallery to see the top 11 all-t
Scroll through the gallery to see the top 11 all-time men's leading international goalscorers
9. Ali Mabkhout (United Arab Emirates) - 76 goals
9. Ali Mabkhout (United Arab Emirates) - 76 goals
11. Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan) - 75 goals
11. Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan) - 75 goals