Argentina Brazil live updates Messi Maracanã World Cup qualifier
Lionel Messi is the top scorer in South American World Cup qualifying, but has yet to score against Brazil.
Lionel Messi has scored more goals than anyone else in South American World Cup qualifying, with a total of 31 career goals in CONMEBOL matchups. However, he has yet to score against Brazil. The World Cup champion and Inter Miami star in the MLS has a chance to change that in Tuesday night's match between Argentina and Brazil at the iconic Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Fresh off its first loss in nearly a year, Argentina is not taking a shorthanded Brazilian national team for granted. The Brazilians will be without stars Neymar, Vinícius Júnior, and Casemiro in Tuesday night's game.
The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by Telemundo. The news that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could take the pitch together next year was met with worldwide excitement, but Inter Miami has refuted an announcement that it will play in Saudi Arabia.
Messi will play in what could be his final match at the iconic Brazilian stadium, looking to score his first qualifying goal against Brazil, in a venue that has provided both heartbreak and joy for soccer's biggest star.
The Argentine goalie Emiliano Martínez's impressive shutout streak of 751 minutes ended during the match against Uruguay. Argentina still leads South American qualifying, while Brazil is in the middle of the pack.
Argentina leads the 10-team group with 12 points in five matches. Uruguay is second with 10 points. Colombia has nine and Venezuela eight. Brazil has seven points. Ecuador, Paraguay, and Chile have five points each. Bolivia has three and Peru has one point.