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Messi surpasses 100 goals for Argentina with hat-trick


Messi surpasses 100 goals for Argentina with hat-trick

Lionel Messi joins Cristiano Ronaldo in the 100 international goals club after netting a first-half hat trick in Argentina’s 7-0 friendly win over Curaçao.


Argentina superstar Lionel Messi hit yet another landmark with his hat-trick in the first half of La Albiceleste’s friendly match against Curaçao. In his ninth international hat-trick, Messi surpassed 100 international goals in the World Cup winners’ 7-0 beating. He opened the scoring in the 20th minute to reach the milestone, then added two more in the 32nd and 36th minute to bring his total of international goals to 102.

How many players have 100 international goals in men’s soccer?

Messi is just the third male soccer player to ever score 100 international goals. Cristiano Ronaldo remains the king of international goals with a total of 122 for Portugal. The only other player who sits above Messi on the international scoring list is Iran’s Ali Daei with 109.

RankPlayerCountryInternational GoalsAppearances
1Cristiano RonaldoPortugal122198
2Ali DaeiIran109148
3Lionel MessiArgentina102174
4Mokhtar Daharisia89142
5Sunli Chhetri India85133
6Ferenc PuskásHungary8485
7Ali Mabkhoutnited Arab Emirates80109
8Godfrey ChitaluZambia79111
T-9Hussein SaeedIraq78137
T-9Robert LewandowskiPoland78140

Messi has scored 48 of his 102 international goals in friendlies, 28 in World Cup qualifiers, 13 in the Copa America, and 13 in the World Cup. His nine hat tricks also fall behind first place hat-trick scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 10 international hat tricks for Portugal. Messi is tied for second with Sweden’s Sven Rydell now that he’s added his ninth.

Most Hat-Tricks In Men’s International Soccer

RankPlayerCountryHat Tricks
1Cristiano RonaldoPortugal10
T-2Lionel MessiArgentina9
T-2Sven RydellSweden9
T-4Poul NielsenDenmark8
T-4Ali DaeiIran8

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