Lionel Messi made historical past in FIFA World Cup 2022 last© AFP
One of many greats of all time, Lionel Messi shattered Germany icon Lothar Matthaus’ all-time report as he entered his twenty sixth FIFA World Cup match, enjoying for Argentina within the last towards France on Sunday. Messi stood stage with Matthaus with 25 appearances within the FIFA World Cup historical past after the semi-final win over Croatia, however went a step forward as he stepped on the pitch towards France. Matthaus’ report has been unchallenged since 1998 nevertheless it was lastly damaged by the Argentina maestro.
Messi made his FIFA World Cup bow within the 2006 version of the event, making 3 appearances for Argentina, scoring 1 aim. In 2010, he made 5 appearances for the nationwide group, however couldn’t rating a single aim on this marketing campaign. In 2014, Messi was central to Argentina’s street to the ultimate, making 7 appearances through which he scored 4 instances.
Within the 2018 marketing campaign, Messi may solely discover the again of the web as soon as and has already netted 5 instances within the 2022 marketing campaign. Forward of the ultimate towards France, his tally stood at a complete of 11 objectives.
Messi, enjoying in his fifth and last World Cup, is hoping to steer Argentina to a primary title for the reason that Diego Maradona-inspired victory in Mexico Metropolis in 1986.
In his approach stand the prolific Kylian Mbappe and a France group aiming to turn into the primary to win back-to-back World Cups since Pele’s Brazil in 1958 and 1962.
Messi, 35, has collected seven Ballon d’Or awards for the perfect participant on the earth, however his final journey to the World Cup last ended within the bitter disappointment of defeat to Germany in 2014.
With AFP inputs
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