Lionel Messi has made no secret of his ambitions for the World Cup in Qatar, which is probably his last. After finally winning a first major title with Argentina in the 2021 edition of the Copa America, the 35-year-old striker is dreaming of lifting the mythical world trophy, and getting a few more records in the process.
At the age of 35, Lionel Messi is probably playing in his last World Cup in Qatar withArgentinathat in all hope for The Flea after experiencing many misadventures in his choice. For a long time, the relationship of the former star of FC Barcelona and the Argentine public, who blame the country’s star for not showing the same level as in Catalonia. An illness that necessarily played into his departure fromAlbiceleste, twice, in 2016 (no two months) then in 2018 (eight months). Until the summer of 2021, and the end of the curse that he dragged thanks to the victory of the Argentine in Copa America, Messi played in, and lost, three finals in this competition (2007, 2015 and 2016). ” This is the fourth final I’ve lost, the third in a rowhe was sad in 2016 after losing to Chile at the end of the penalty shootout (0-0, 4 tabs to 2) where he sadly described a failed attempt. It’s hard (…) I think the national team and me, it’s over. »
2006, 2010, 2014, 2018… Repeated failures with different scenarios
But the hardest defeat to accept Lionel Messi dates back to the summer of 2014, and this World Cup final againstGermanywinner at the end of extra time (0-1) thanks to the goal of Mario Gotze in the 113th minute of play. Unable to stop at FC Barcelona and at the peak of his career, the striker failed on this day of July 13, 2014 to show his best face to stop the team led by Joachim Low. However, the winner of four Ballon d’Ors during that time was crowned the tournament’s best player, an award far from unanimous when Lionel Messi showing a drop in pace since the quarter-finals. “ I would have given heaven and earth to Leo. But when marketing people want to give him something he doesn’t deserve, it’s unfair. “, further declared Diego Maradonawho did not get a third star in 2010 as a coach, was eliminated in the quarter-finals under his command by a Messi who is already shining from the top of his 22 years. Four years before this, it was as a hope that the genius ofAlbiceleste discovered the World Cup in Germany and also fell in the quarter. The latter will not have more success in Russia, where he will cross the road of Kylian Mbappe and theFrench teamwon the round of 16.
Lionel Messi could be Argentina’s leading scorer at the World Cup
In Qatar, Lionel Messi therefore has the opportunity to leave its mark on the most mythical of football competitions, and at the same time to find some records. So far, number 30 of PSG is the only player to have provided an assist in each of the last 4 World Cups. He is also Argentina’s 4th leading scorer in the competition tied mario Kempesin the back Gabriel Batistuta (10 goals), Diego Maradona and Guillermo Stabile (8) with six World Cup goals (three against Nigeria, one against Serbia, one against Bosnia and one against Iran).
Since its debut in the 2006 edition of the World Cup, Messi has scored at least one goal in every participation, except in South Africa in the summer of 2010. If he opens his counter in Qatar, he will score in four different World Cups. By doing so, he will surpass the record of Maradona (1982, 1986 and 1994) and Batistuta (2006, 2014 and 2018), both of whom scored in three different World Cups.
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A record of appearances in a World Cup in sight
From the group stage of the 2022 World Cup, Lionel Messi will also have the opportunity to become a player ofAlbiceleste with the most games on the clock in the World Cup. Leo Messi has 19 appearances so far, behind Diego Maradona (21) and Xavier Mascherano (20). In the overall ranking, Rosario’s profit is six units from the record of Lothar Matthaus (25). Miroslav clause (24) and Paul Maldini (23) follow behind. Messi therefore could exceed the German’s historic total if he qualifies for the final stages of the tournament.
in all, Leo Messi played four times in the World Cup. Two other Argentinians have achieved this feat: Diego Maradona (1982-1994) and Javier Mascherano (2006-2018). The Parisian star will make history in Qatar by joining Antonio Carbajal (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962 and 1966), Lothar Matthaus (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), Gianluigi Buffon (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) and Raphael Marquez (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018). His enemy in life, christian Ronaldowill accompany him, who also debuted in Portugal at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. In contrast, Lionel Messi is a short head ahead of his arch nemesis as the captain with the most World Cup appearances. The old number 10 of Barcelona had 12 World Cup selections with the armband, while the striker trained Sports pc numbered 11. A record that Messi will want to keep sure, with a desire to find the last major trophy missing from his massive record.