LIMA ― Lionel Messi become the all-time top scorer in South American World Cup qualifying today after netting both goals in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Peru in Lima.
Coach Lionel Scaloni said Argentina’s players were on the same wavelength as Messi, who is planning to retire before the 2026 World Cup.
“The team has understood Messi for a long time, it benefits him and he feels comfortable,” he added. “I hope he plays as much as he can because everyone is happy to see him on the pitch.”
In other qualifiers on Tuesday, Uruguay beat Brazil 2-0 with Neymar forced to leave the field after suffering what appeared to be a serious knee injury.
Venezuela cruised past Chile 3-0, Paraguay beat 1-0 Bolivia and Ecuador draw 0-0 against Colombia.
Argentina, who remain top of the Conmebol standings, will host Uruguay on November 16 before taking on Brazil five days later.
Peru face Bolivia and Venezuela in the next round of qualifiers.