Messi, Neymar, Suarez: Which South American players have the most international goals?

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick for Argentina vs Bolivia

Early in the hours of Friday morning UK time, Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar netted all three goals in a 3-0 victory over Bolivia for Argentina in 2022 World Cup qualifying.

Messi’s latest treble means he is now the player from South America with the most goals in the history of international football.

In his 153 games for Argentina since his debut way back in 2005, the little magician has scored 79 times, an astonishing record.

The former Barcelona man is now two goals clear of Brazilian legend Pele.

Congratulations, Leo.

Messi’s latest incredible footballing achievement begs the question; who are the other South American footballers who have been prolific on the international stage?

Well, look no further. Below, we’ve provided the 25 players from the continent with the most goals for their countries, per Transfermarkt. Enjoy!

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25. Hector Scarone (Uruguay) – 32 goals

24. Ademir (Brazil) – 33 goals

23. Ronaldinho (Brazil) – 33 goals

22. Diego Maradona (Argentina) – 34 goals

21. Ivan Zamorano (Chile) – 34 goals

Zamorano with Chile

20. Radamel Falcao (Colombia) – 35 goals

19. Jairzinho (Brazil) – 35 goals

18. Rivaldo (Brazil) – 35 goals

17. Hernan Crespo (Argentina) – 35 goals

16. Diego Forlan (Uruguay) – 36 goals

Forlan with Uruguay

15. Marcelo Salas (Chile) – 37 goals

14. Bebeto (Brazil) – 38 goals

13. Paolo Guerrero (Peru) – 39 goals

12. Eduardo Vargas (Chile) – 40 goals

11. Sergio Aguero (Argentina) – 41 goals

Aguero with Argentina

10. Alexis Sanchez (Chile) – 46 goals

9. Zico (Brazil) – 48 goals

8. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) – 53 goals

7. Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina) – 54 goals

6. Romario (Brazil) – 55 goals

Romario with Brazil

5. Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 62 goals

4. Ronaldo Nazario (Brazil) – 62 goals

3. Neymar (Brazil) – 69 goals

2. Pele (Brazil) – 77 goals

1. Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 79 goals

Messi with Argentina

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Neymar’s record of 69 goals for Brazil is hugely impressive, with the PSG forward scoring in the nation’s 2-0 victory over Peru on Friday morning.

He also grabbed an assist in that game, taking his goal contribution tally to 118 (69 goals, 49 assists) in just 113 appearances.

Those numbers are absolutely outrageous and it’s now only a matter of time before Neymar surpasses Pele to become Brazil’s outright leading scorer.

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Given his age, the 29-year-old has a significant chance of taking Messi’s title as South America’s goalscoring king before hanging up his boots.

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