Messi set a World Cup assist record by setting up Argentina’s second goal in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Mexico at Lusail Stadium.
Messi made another World Cup record in Argentina’s win over Mexico
Argentina captain Lionel Messi opened the scoring against Mexico on Sunday, equal Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo‘s FIFA World Cup goal total.
In the 64th minute of Qatar 2022’s second Group C match at the Lusail Stadium, the Paris Saint-Germain legend put the Albiceleste ahead with a grounded left-footed shot from outside the box that beat Mexican goalkeeper Ochoa and found the bottom right corner.
On another front, the Argentine is now tied with Ronaldo. Both players have now received seven Player of the Match accolades, the most for any player in the competition. Arjen Robben of the Netherlands is second with six points.
On November 27, the 35-year-old Argentine player equaled the legendary Diego Maradona’s record for most World Cup appearances by an Argentine player.
Furthermore, Messi now has the second most goals for Argentina in a World Cup, tying Maradona and Guillermo Stabile.
Lionel Messi had six goals in 19 matches coming into the 2022 World Cup, which increased to eight in 21 after his penalty kick against Saudi Arabia in Argentina’s opening match and the stunner against El Tri. Ronaldo has as many in 18 World Cup appearances.
Messi has now scored in six consecutive internationals, matching his own record from a decade ago.
Messi already has more caps (167) and goals (93) than any other player in Argentina’s history. He has also made more assists for his country than any other player.