Messi and Scaloni keep setting records aboard the Scaloneta

Messi and Scaloni keep setting records aboard the Scaloneta
Messi and Scaloni keep setting records aboard the Scaloneta

Argentina makes history to the rhythm of the Lionel, Scaloni and Messi. Both of them are sweeping away the all-time statistics. La Pulga is extending them while the coach born in Pujato is leaving his mark above other names who have left their mark. Both have added records and are approaching others after the 2-0 over Canada in the semi-finals of the Copa América.

Messi is the player who has played in the most finals in the history of football: he will play in his 43rd. So far, out of 42, he has won 30 and lost 12. In addition, he is the only footballer in senior national teams to play in 8 finals. The previous seven were four Copa América finals, he won one (2021) and lost three (2007, 2015 and 2016), two World Cup finals (he won in 2022 and lost in 2014) and the 2022 Finalísima, which he won. In addition, he played in two youth teams, the U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands in 2005 and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. It will be the tenth final in his entire career.

In the Copa América, Leo reached 14 goals and reached the Chilean record Eduardo Vargas and the Peruvian Paul Guerrero. In the final he needs to score a goal to equal the Uruguayan Severino Varela and the Peruvian Theodore Fernandeztwo to surpass both and be left with only 16, and three to reach the Argentine Norberto Tucho Mendez and the Brazilian They are stupidall-time top scorers with 17.

Messi has scored 14 goals in the Copa America. Photo: AFP

With his goal against Canada, he did achieve two new records in the competition.He became the second player to score goals in six different editions, equalling They are stupidLeo has been playing since 2007 and played in the 2011 Copa América in Argentina. In addition, the victory against the Canadians was the 24th of the 38 matches he has played, one more than Zizinho.

Finally, Leo has scored 109 goals for the Albiceleste and became the third player to reach that figure, equalling the Iranian Ali Daei. Ahead of him is the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 130.

With the match against Canada, The Scaloni era reached 76 appearances, the same as Alfio Basile in his two stages (1991-94 and 2006-08). On Sunday he will surpass it and will be one away from equaling Cesar Luis Menotti (78 between 1974 and 1982, not counting the one directed by Federico Sacchi) and two of them have already reached Carlos Salvador Bilardo (1983-90). In its continuity towards the 2026 World Cup, it is clear that it will surpass both. It will be more difficult to reach 128 matches of Guillermo Stábilecoach of the national team from 1939 to 1958 and a brief return in 1960.

Lionel Scaloni talks to his players. Photo: REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Basile was the only coach to reach four finals. And now Scaloni has equalled it. Palermo’s Coco, after winning the Copa América 91, which had a final round format, played its first decisive match in the King Fahd Cup in 1992, which was later made official by FIFA as part of the Confederations Cup. That year it beat Saudi Arabia 3-1. In February 1993, as champion of America, it played the final of the Artemio Franchi Cup (today the Finalísima) with Denmark, which it beat on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Later, it was a two-time champion in Ecuador of the Copa América 93 and defeated Mexico 2-1 in the final.

The Santa Fe coach’s record is recent: the 2021 Copa América final (1-0 against Brazil), the Finalísima at Wembley in 2022 (3-0 against Italy) and the 2022 World Cup (3-3 against France and victory on penalties). Of the 76 games played, they won 54, drew 16 and lost just 6. Rodrigo de Paul is the one who has played the most, 68 matches, and Messi is the top scorer, with 44.

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