Lionel Messi sets an unforgettable record at Copa America 2024

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Following the opening fixture of the Copa America 2024 tournament, Argentina vs Canada, Lionel Messi has set an unmatched record in the tournament.

Argentina’s captain, Lionel Messi is showing absolutely no plans of slowing down at the Copa America tournament as the six-plus times Ballon d’Or winner achieved a new milestone and set a new record at the 2024 edition of the competition.

By starting against Canada, Leo Messi has set a new record for the most matches played in the Copa America with 35 appearances, surpassing Chilean goalkeeper Sergio Livingstone’s record.

Messi broke the record previously held by “Sapo” Livingstone, who played 34 matches between 1941 and 1953, as he began his seventh Copa America tournament. With just one game played so far it is expected that Lionel Messi extends his record to at least 40 matches played in the tournament.

Players who have played the highest number of matches in the Copa America

  1. Leo Messi (Argentina): 35
  2. Sergio Livingstone (Chile): 34
  3. Zizinho (Brazil): 33
  4. Víctor Ugarte (Bolivia): 30
  5. Yoshimar Yotún (Peru): 27

All 35 matches played by Lionel Messi at Copa America:

  • Copa America Venezuela 2007: 6 matches
  • Copa America Argentina 2011: 4 matches
  • Copa America Chile 2015: 6 matches
  • Copa America Centenario United States 2016: 5 matches
  • Copa America Brazil 2019: 6 matches
  • Copa America Brazil 2021: 7 matches
  • Copa America United States 2024: 1 match

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