Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has overtaken a Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario among the top goalscorers in South American history .
He now needs only 14 more goals to become the all – time record scorer , according to Soccer Laduma .
The Argentine netted a hat – trick in his side ’s 4 – 0 friendly win over Haiti on Wednesday morning , taking his overall tally for the Albiceleste to 64 goals .
In doing so , he bettered the record of Selecao forward Ronaldo, who retired with 62 strikes for Brazil .
Three -time World Cup champion Pele , who sits in seventh spot in the worldwide all -time ranking , is the only South American player to have scored more than Messi . Pele retired with 77 goals for Brazil , which means Messi needs to score 14 more times to overtake the legendary striker .
The Blaugrana attacker also extended his own record as Argentina ’ s all -time record scorer , and is now 10 strikes ahead of second -placed Gabriel Batistuta . Sergio Aguero , who scored his country ’ s fourth goal in the 4 – 0 win over Haiti , follows in third place with 38 strikes.
Argentina face Israel next , on June 9 , in their final friendly ahead of the 2018 World Cup, before starting their tournament against Iceland on June 16 .