Tracking every record Messi breaks at Copa América 2024

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Lionel Messi has already impressed stateside as of late in his stint playing for Inter Miami in MLS. The Argentine superstar had another challenge on U.S. soil this summer, as he looked to lead his Argentina side in the Copa América and repeat as champions, following their win in 2021.

Messi & Co. began the tournament against Canada in Atlanta on June 20, winning 2-0. They followed that up with a gritty 1-0 win over Chile in New Jersey. Messi did not play in Argentina's 2-0 win over Peru to win the group, but he did compete in a lackluster quarterfinal against Ecuador, which ended 1-1 and was decided on penalty kicks.

La Albiceleste met Canada again in the semifinal, again winning 2-0, and Messi finally scored his first goal of the 2024 tournament. Although Messi suffered an injury in the second half of Argentina's final against Colombia, the Argentines prevailed, 1-0, winning La Albiceleste's 16th Copa America title.

Throughout Copa América, Messi had the opportunity to tick off a slew of individual accomplishments. ESPN tracked the milestones Messi could reach and the many records that Messi could break during the tournament.

Most Copa América games by any player: Reached

When Messi took to the pitch for Argentina's first game of the Copa América against Canada at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, he became the player with the most matches played in the tournament with 35 games to his name, surpassing Chile's Sergio Livingstone, who played 34 games.

First Argentine player to play in seven Copa Américas: Reached

Messi has officially become the first Argentine player to play in seven different editions of the Copa América, having played in every edition since the 2007 tournament held in Venezuela. With his seventh appearance in the tournament, he also ties Héctor Scarone, Miton Melgar and Carlos Borja for third most all-time. Only Angel Romano and Alex Aguinaga have played the tournament more times (eight each).

Most goals across all Copa Américas: Not reached

Messi has 14 goals in Copa América competition and he needs four more to become the all-time top goal scorer, surpassing his compatriot Norberto Méndez and Brazil's Zizinho, who have 17 goals in the competition's history.

First player to win Best Player of the Copa América three times: Not reached

Having won the best player of the tournament twice (Chile 2015 and Brazil 2021), he could've been the first player to win the award on three different occasions as well as become the first player to win in consecutive tournaments.

First player to participate in five different Copa América finals: Reached

Just by starting the Copa América final against Colombia, Messi set a new milestone, becoming the first player to feature in the tournament's finale five times.

Second overall in men's international goals: Reached

Messi came into Copa America with 108 international goals, well short of Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 130 men's international goals. But as of his goal for Argentina against Canada in the tournament semifinal, Messi has reached No. 2.

With Messi's first goal of the tournament, he has pulled level with Iran's now-retired Ali Daei, whose tally stands at 109 international goals. With one more goal, Messi will move behind Ronaldo in sole position of second place on the all-time goals leaderboard.

Two hat tricks in the Copa América: Not reached

Finally, Messi did not score a hat trick in a match, so he won't join a list of 10 players to have scored at least two hat tricks in the Copa América.