Argentina’s star Lionel Messi shatters several records as Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in the semis of the FIFA World Cup 2022 to advance to their sixth final. Messi opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a well-taken penalty, before Julian Alvarez made it easy for Argentina with a brace.
Messi’s opening penalty on the night moved him to level with France superstar Kylian Mbappe with 5 goals each in the 2022 World Cup goal-scoring charts. Lionel Messi is currently the top player with the most G+A (5+3)in this World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2022: What other records that Messi broke?
Messi’s fifth goal made him the oldest player to score five or more goals in a single World Cup tournament. Furthermore, Messi’s 11th World Cup goal moved him past Gabriel Batistuta to become Argentina’s all-time leading scorer at the World Cup. Surpassing the late Diego Maradona, who scored eight World Cup goals.
Furthermore, Messi’s 25th World Cup finals game tied Lothar Matthias’ record for Germany, implying that the left footer will set a new record in the final.
Finally, Messi got his hands on the fourth man of the match for his performance against Croatia. At the World Cup, no player has won more man of the match awards than him. Argentina is now just a step away from clinching the World Cup title for the 3rd time after their final victory in the year 1978.
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