Messi equals Mateus by the number of matches and becomes Argentina’s historic goalscorer; Argentina’s Lionel Messi equaled the World Cup match record of 25 by Germany’s Lotar Mateus, as Argentina’s historic World Cup top scorer.
The 35-year-old’s son is now the same distance as German Lotar Mateus in the 25 finals and can stand alone if he is in the third or final-place match scheduled for Sunday.
With his original participation in the FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup, Messi reached another record of 5 world cups, similar to Portuguese rivals Cristiano Ronaldo, who bid farewell to the tournament from the quarter-finals, as well as Matthews.
Four players fought the World Cup for the fifth time in their career during this edition, namely Mexican Andrés Guardado, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, Messi, and Ronaldo, to equalize the achievement of the other Mexicans, goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal, Rafael Marques, and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Mattius.
Argentina’s historical target
After scoring Argentina’s first penalty goal against Croatia in the semi-final of the FIFA Qatar 2022TM World Cup, Messi raised his tally for the tournament to 5 goals, equal as the top scorer with France’s Kylian Mbappe and his World Cup scoring tally to 11, surpassing compatriot Gabriel Battistota’s 10 goals in 12 games.
Messi became Argentina’s third goal against Croatia, the second player to make goals in 13 World Cup appearances after Brazil’s Ronaldo.
Messi also became the second player to take 5 penalties in the World Cup after England’s Harry Kane.