Suarez makes history with Uruguay

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Luis Suarez has overtaken Lionel Messi and Ronaldo Nazario to become the highest-scoring South American footballer in competitive international matches.

Suarez netted a brace in Uruguay's 4-2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying defeat to Ecuador on Tuesday to take his overall tally to a record-extending 62 goals for the national team, 41 of which have come in non-friendly matches.

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In doing so, the 33-year-old set a new record for the most goals by a South American footballer in competitive international fixtures, breaking the record of 39 he had jointly held with Argentina's Messi (71 in total) and Brazil's Ronaldo (62 in total).

Suarez and his former FC Barcelona teammate Messi had both equalled the record over the weekend, but, with the latter blanking in La Albiceleste's victory over Bolivia on Tuesday, the Atletico Madrid star was able to claim the honour outright following his double.

Elsewhere, Neymar overtook Ronaldo to become Brazil's second highest-goalscorer following the Selecao's 4-2 win over Ecuador on Wednesday, although only 22 of the Paris Saint-Germain star's 64 international goals have come outside of friendlies.

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