Messi sets record for most number of appearances at Copa America

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi in action against Canada. Photo: Reuters/Agustin Marcarian

Atlanta: Argentina captain Lionel Messi broke the record for the number of appearances at Copa America finals when he started his 35th game against Canada in their Group A clash on Thursday.

Messi, Argentina's all-time leading goalscorer and most-capped player, moved ahead of former Chilean goalkeeper Sergio Livingstone, who set the record in 1953.

The 36-year-old made his Copa America debut at 20 years old in 2007, winning the tournament in 2021.

Messi has scored 13 goals and provided 17 assists at the Copa America.

World champions Argentina won 2-0 to begin their title defence.

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