Tiktukno: summary of today's events in sports, 24.3 (Sport1)
A chilling night in Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi scored his 800th career goal today (Friday) in the victory of the Argentine national team 0:2 over Panama.
After being stopped twice at the post from free-kicks, Messi turned in his third attempt and beat Panama goalkeeper Jose Carlos Guerra in the 89th minute to reach the 800-goal mark and send the rapturous crowd at Monumental Stadium into a frenzy.
The Argentine superstar came into the game needing just one goal to reach the impressive milestone after scoring his 799th goal for Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 against Nantes on Saturday.
It was a very emotional night for Messi, shortly after he was named FIFA Player of the Year after leading Argentina to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He also celebrated his 700th career club goal last month.
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Lionel Messi celebrates with the trophy of the Argentina national team with his wife Antonella (Photo: Reuters)
Lionel Messi's children celebrate on the grass in the Argentina national team uniform (Photo: Reuters)
Lionel Messi celebrates a goal with the Argentina national team (Photo: Reuters)
Argentina national team players celebrate on the grass with their families in Buenos Aires (Photo: Reuters)
It was Argentina's first match since beating France in the final in Qatar last December, and the team was enthusiastically received by the home crowd.
Even before the game, it was reported that there was a huge interest in the game, and in Argentina it was written that "if they had distributed a million tickets for the game, they would have been sold."
The full squad that took part in Qatar posed with the trophy before the opening whistle, while Messi, coach Lionel Scaloni and many other players brought their families to the stadium.
Before the game, Messi told the crowd: "I always dreamed of this moment, to celebrate with you. With my country, Argentina. I don't want to forget my teammates, because we all did everything possible to make this possible. Let's enjoy our third star on the shirt ".
Messi cries from excitement at the reception
Scalloni excites the crowd and sings Messi's cheering record
According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), Messi is only the second ever to reach the 800 career goal mark, after Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese star, 38, scored his 800th goal in December 2021.
However, there is some disagreement among other sources due to historical inconsistencies in the classification of "official" goals scored in "official" competitions.
The Brazilian Pele claims to have scored more than 1,000 goals during his career.
Messi, 35, spent the first 17 years of his senior career at boyhood club Barcelona, where he went on to score an incredible club record 672 goals in 778 appearances.
His 474 league goals remain a record for Spain's top flight.
Since leaving Barcelona due to the club's financial problems and joining PSG in the summer of 2021, Messi has scored 30 goals for the French champions.
The Rosario native scored a further 98 international goals for Argentina, including seven in Qatar as they lifted the World Cup for the first time.
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