Messi has won more games in an Argentina shirt than any other player | Pool/Getty Images
Lionel Messi has broken another record in his incredible career, after earning his 85th victory in the blue and white jersey of Argentina – the most of any Albiceleste star in their international history.
The South American giants defeated Peru 2-0 at the Estadio Nacional de Lima in their quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, thanks to goals from Nicolas Gonzalez and Inter star Lautaro Martinez.
Messi in action against Peru | Daniel Apuy/Getty Images
It was an important victory for coach Lionel Scaloni, but it was a historic one for his talisman Messi. The 33-year-old contributed to his 85th victory as an Argentina international, breaking the record of 84 wins set by former Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano.
Mascherano achieved his grand total over the course of 147 caps, while Messi has gone one better in five games fewer than the former West Ham United and Liverpool star. The pair featured together at a number of major international tournaments, reaching the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The duo came so close to writing their names into the history books, but fell just short in a 1-0 defeat to Germany after extra-time. While Mascherano retired on Monday, Messi still has plenty of years left to try and lift that elusive trophy, and although he is struggling for form on a domestic level, he showed flashes of his old self against Peru.
Messi and Mascherano embrace at World Cup 2018 | VI-Images/Getty Images
The Barcelona man’s display on Tuesday evening has been heralded as one of his best in recent memory for Argentina, and despite not scoring, he came close on several occasions and allowed his teammates around him to really flourish.
His failure to find the net in his last two games means he remains rooted on 71 international goals, which of course, is another record he holds in his home country. Unsurprisingly, he is breaking international records left, right and centre. He’ll now be gunning for that trophy he has long craved on the biggest stage of all.