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Lionel Messi has added another record to his ever-growing list of landmark achievements, becoming the first player to net 20 goals in South American World Cup qualifying.

The Barcelona star reached that mark with two brilliant goals to help his side climb back into the lead against Ecuador after falling behind in the first minute against Ecuador.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi become the first player to net 20 goals in South American World Cup qualifying.

Romario Ibarra had the home side in front 40 seconds in, but with Argentina needing a win to secure a place at the 2018 World Cup, Messi quickly worked his magic, linking up with Ángel Di María in the 12th minute to pull his team level.

But the Barca star wasn’t done there. Just over seven minutes later he had his nation in front and on pace to claim their place in Russia with a powerful left-footed drive into the corner.