Lionel Messi sent out a message to supporters after matching Javier Mascherano for all-time Argentina appearances. The Barcelona captain won his 147th cap on Monday in a 1-0 win over Paraguay at the Copa America.
147 - Lionel Messi has made 147 appearances for Argentina (including tonight's game vs Paraguay); the joint-most of any player in the team's history alongside Javier Mascherano. Unique. pic.twitter.com/e6ldcay5iD— OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) June 22, 2021
The 33-year-old took to social media after the win to offer his thoughts on reaching another memorable landmark in his career. He wrote, “Another important win to keep growing. I’m proud to have been able to wear the sky blue and white shirt as many times as my friend Masche, who I love very much and have always respected and admired.”
Mascherano, typically, was quick to congratulate his old friend and former teammate on matching his record.
He wrote on Instagram, “Congratulations Leo for having reached the record appearances for Argentina. Nobody better than you to continue growing the legend and be the player with the most appearances in our National Team. Congratulations to the whole team for the victory and many more!”
Monday’s win was enough to send Argentina safely through to the quarter-finals of the Copa America. La Albiceleste play a final group game in a week’s time against Bolivia and only need a point to finish in the top two.