Doha: The most awaited match at the FIFA World Cup even before Argentina went down miserably against Saudi Arabia. The loss against Saudi boosted the Argentina-Mexico match in ways unimaginable. Lionel Messi scripted multiple records as the golden-booted legs shot a stunner past Ochoa outside the box. The goal that gave Argentina hopes to cling to. A hope that their World Cup Dream is not over. Scroll down to read more about all the new records added to Messi’s personal record showcase.
#1 Lionel Messi is the first player to assist a goal in every World Cup
The 35-year-old Argentine became the first player to score an assist in five different World Cups. He like Ronaldo debuted in the 2006 World Cup. His first assist in the World Cup came against Serbia in the group stage of the 2006 WC. In 2010, he assisted a goal against Mexico while in 2014 he assisted in R16 against Switzerland. In 2018, He assisted twice against the French in the R16.
Yesterday, On 27th November 2022, Messi assisted the second goal of the match. Thus, becoming the first player to score an assist in five different World Cups
Lionel Messi became the oldest and youngest player simultaneously to score and assist in the one single World Cup match since 1966
Lionel Messi’s first goal in World Cup was against Serbia. He assisted again in the match to become the youngest person to have an assist and a goal in the same match (18y 357d).
Messi scored the first goal of the Argentina-Mexico match yesterday. He stunned the audience with an excellent shit into the goalpost outside of the penalty area. He assisted Enzo Fernandez in the second goal of the match. Messi, thus became the oldest player, at 35y and 155d, to score and assist in the same match.
Lionel Messi equals Ronaldo’s record of Most Man of the Match in the World Cup history
At the beginning of the 2022 World Cup, Ronaldo and Messi were tied on the record. However, Ronaldo jumped up high after defeating Ghana a couple of days back.
Ronaldo edged past Messi’s 6 MOMs. Due to his exhilarating performance, last night FIFA awarded Lionel Messi with another MOM. Now both the GOATS are tied on 7 Man of the match awards.
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Messi equals Maradona in Most Number of Appearances for Argentina in the World Cup
Lionel Messi debuted in World Cup at the age of 18 in the 2006 Germany WC. His first match came against . He appeared in almost all the matches Argentina has played since then.
Javier Mascherano has appeared in 20 World Cup matches. Messi and Mascherano tied in second place when Messi played against Argentina. Now, Messi has tied with the legendary Maradona. If the 35-year-old forward plays against Poland, he will single-handedly assume the record. In addition to most appearances, Messi also equaled Maradona in no of goals for the Albiceleste in the World Cups, 8.
Maradona played 21 games for Argentina spanning 4 World Cups. Maradona even captained the Albicleeste to a World Cup victory. Can Messi repeat that? That is for us to wait and see.
Lionel Messi breaks his personal record for Most Calendar goals for Argentina
Lionel Messi, 35 broke his own personal record of 12 calendar goals for Argentina by adding one more yesterday. Messi scripted the record of 12 goals in a calendar year for Argentina in 2012.
Lionel Messi started this year with a goal against Venezuela. Messi awed fans with a five-goal riot against Estonia. He continued the spell by scoring twice against Honduras and Jamaica. He scored one against UAE ahead of the World Cup. As of the Argentina-Mexico match, he has scored 13 goals.