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2022 FIFA World Cup: Lionel Messi scores 8th World Cup goal in Argentina 2-0 win over Mexico

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2022. 4:40 pm CST.

Photo Credit: FIFA

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Lionel Messi’s 64th minute goal in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico is his eighth in World Cups.

Messi has now scored in four of his five World Cups. Those eight goals have him level with Cristiano Ronaldo who has also scored eight in all five.

Messi scored his first goal in Argentina’s 6-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro in 2006. He didn’t score in South Africa in 2010. In Brazil 2014, he scored against Bosnia and Herzegovina who Argentina beat 2-1, in the 1-0 win over Iran, and two in the 3-2 victory over Nigeria. Then in 2018, he converted in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria.

In Qatar, before today’s goal against Mexico, he scored in Argentina’s 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia.

Messi is now closing in on Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina’s top goalscorer in World Cups. With eight goals, Messi is now level with Diego Armando Maradona and Guillermo Stábile who scored eight goals each as well and two shy of Batistuta, who has ten.

The overall top goalscorers in World Cup history are Germany’s Miroslav Klose, who netted 16 goals, and Brazil’s Ronaldo, who converted 15 times.

Incidentally, Messi has now played 21 games in World Cups, the same as Maradona. The two are the players who have represented Argentina the most in World Cups. Javier Mascherano follows with 20. Of the present squad, Angel Di Maria, playing in his fourth World Cup, is at 15.

In this field, only three players have played in more games than Messi and Maradona. Germany’s Lothar Matthaus played in 25 in five World Cups, Klose played 24 in four, and Italy’s Paolo Maldini suited up in 23 in four World Cups as well.

 

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