Messi & Suarez Equal The Record of Ronaldo Nazario

After scoring in the early hours of Friday morning for their respective countries in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez both equaled a record set by Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario.

In their 1-0 victory over Ecuador, Messi was on goal for Argentina, while his former FC Barcelona colleague Suarez found the back of the net in Uruguay’s 2-1 win over Chile.

This implies that for their South American nations, both the six-time Ballon d’Or winner and the Atletico Madrid forward have now scored 39 goals in competitive matches, the tally on which Ronaldo Nazario retired.

Overall, Messi scored 71 goals, including friendlies, for his country, and Suarez struck 59 times for Uruguay, while Ronaldo found the Selecao net on 62 occasions.