Cry with me, Argentina: teary Messi delights fans and breaks Pelé’s record

The country’s shirt once weighed Messi down, but the hat-trick against Bolivia and Copa America win have sealed his legacy

Lionel Messi broke down in tears of joy after scoring three goals against Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier played in Buenos Aires’s Monumental stadium. The nation wept with him, in a communion of devotees relishing their favourite game, finally, the way it is meant to be. Argentina won three times in one night, Andres Burgo wrote in diario.ar: “With the 3-0, with the return of the fans to the stadium, and with Lionel Messi’s tears.”

, Cry with me, Argentina: teary Messi delights fans and breaks Pelé’s record, The Nzuchi Times Guardian

Related: Messi scores Argentina hat-trick to break Pelé’s international goals record

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