World Cup 2022: Messi on the hunt for five records

Lionel Messi will compete in Qatar with the Argentine national team in the fifth World Cup of his career, after those in Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010, Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018, with the possibility of breaking some records and equalize others.


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The first record is expected to be set on November 22, in the first match of the 3rd group against Saudi Arabia, where the “flea” will reach his 5th participation in a different competition, surpassing the four of Javier Masserano and Diego Armando Maradona.

The second record has to do with becoming the Argentine with the most matches in a World Cup. Lionel Messi has played 19 matches, with 12 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, and is close to surpassing Maradona’s 21 games and Masserano’s 20. If he plays in all three of the group stage games against Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland, Messi will reach 22 games for the Albiceleste in the world’s biggest international football competition.

The third record that Messi is expected to break is to become the player with the most games in the final stages in the history of the World Cup, surpassing Germany’s Lothar Mathews who has 25 games, 6 more than the famous Argentine.

The fourth record concerns Messi’s 5th participation in a final World Cup, with which he will… tie Lothar Mathews, the Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, and the Mexicans Rafael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal.

The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the Mexicans Guillermo Ochoa and Andres Guardado will also reach this record.

The fifth and final record that Lionel Messi is “chasing” is the most… complicated, since he will need to score 10 goals in Qatar to “catch” Miroslav Klose (16 goals) for the top scorer in the history of the finals phases of the World Cup. Behind the German are the Brazilian Ronaldo with 15 goals and the West German Gerd Miller with 14 goals. In this list, the leading Argentine is Gabriel Omar Batistuta, who has 10 goals, 4 more than Messi who has 6, from the World Cups in Germany 2006 (1), Brazil 2014 (4), Russia 2018 (1).

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