Lionel Messi became the player with most appearances in Copa America history as he reached 35 caps in the opening match of the tournament against Canada, Report informs via Firstpost.

The 36-year-old had shared the record with Chilean goalkeeper Sergio Livingstone (34 caps) since appearing in the final of the 2021 Copa America, where Argentina triumphed against Brazil.

Messi’s appearances in the continental tournament have been spread across seven editions, starting with the 2007 tournament in Venezuela.

The eight-times Ballon d’Or winner could set more records in this year’s competition – he needs four goals to tie compatriot Norberto Mendez and Brazil’s Zizinho as all-time Copa America scorer with 17 goals.