- Argentina vs Ecuador took centre stage in South America as both nations kick off their World Cup qualifiers
- Lionel Messi scored the only goal for La Albiceleste from the penalty spot in the 13th minute as the game ended 1-0
- The 33-year-old along with his former Barcelona teammate Suarez equalled Ronaldo De Lima's 39 goals record in the World Cup qualifiers
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Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez inspired Argentine and Uruguay to victories over Ecuador and Chile in the 2020 FIFA World Cup qualifiers earlier this week.
Both players scored from the spot to secure the much-needed wins for their countries as they kick off their campaign on bright notes.
However, the goals did not only help them secure maximum points in the game, it also helped the scorers equal one important record set by Brazilian legend Ronaldo de Lima.
Both Messi and Suarez have now equalled the 44-year-old's 39 goals meanwhile, the Barcelona captain has increased his tally to 71 for his national team as reported by Goal.com.
Aside from the goal, the 33-year-old created additional chances but stubborn Ecuador stars refused them the opportunity.
Suarez encountered similar treatment against Chile with his penalty the only shot he managed across 90 minutes with Oscar Tabarez's side relying on an injury-time winner from Maxi Gomez.
Speaking after the game, the new Atletico Madrid striker opened up on his Barcelona departure and spoke about Messi's anger at how he was forced to leave Camp Nou, he said:
"I was not surprised about Messi because I know him too well, I knew the pain he felt, as I did.
"He felt they kicked me out of the club because of the forms. There were other ways to do things correctly with me. They were six long years and that bothered him too. I see him as a friend and he knows how badly we suffered.
"My family wanted to see me happy. There are some strange things at Barcelona like sending you to train separately because you were not considered for the game.
"Those kinds of things made me bad and my family saw me affected, so they encouraged me to take the opportunity. When Atletico came looking for me, I didn't hesitate for a single moment.
"Obviously I have to get used to various things, but I feel very happy at Atletico."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi decided to stay put at Barcelona for another season and Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni believes the 33-year-old has resolved his rift with the club.
The Argentine captain unceremoniously told the club that he wanted to leave last summer after having some issues with Barca's hierarchy.
Messi returned to the national team after serving a suspension and grabbed the only goal of their 2022 World qualifier against Ecuador from a penalty in the 12th minute.
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