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World. Messi equals two historical records set by Maradona: number of matches and goals scored

This Saturday, Lionel Messi played his 21st World Cup match and “crowned” it with his eighth goal, equaling two historical records in world soccer championships established by Diego Armando Maradona, the ‘D10S’ of the Argentines.

After having already scored in his debut, from a penalty, in a bitter defeat against Saudi Arabia (1-2), the Albiceleste captain scored again, against Mexico, in the 64th minute, adding an assist, so that Benfica’s Enzo Fernández Point out the final 2-0, in 87.

Messi had equaled Javier Mascherano’s 20 appearances in his debut and, playing this Saturday, began counting the same 21 games as Maradonawho debuted in 1982, was champion in 1986, “runner-up” in 1990 and excluded from the 1994 edition due to doping.

The current Paris Saint-Germain player became the best Argentine in the ranking of games played, along with Maradona, who died two years ago this Friday, and also the German Uwe Seeler and the Pole Wladyslaw Zmuda, all in fourth place.

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With 21 games, Messi is still only behind the Germans Lothar Matthäus (25) and Miroslav Klose (24) and the Italian Paolo Maldini (23), and, playing five more -the maximum possible-, he could finish the 2022 World Cup isolated in leadership

Regarding the objectives, 35-year-old joins Maradona for historic 24th placeand also, among others, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who reached eight this Thursday (3-2 against Ghana), also becoming the only scorer in five World Cups.

In this list, Messi, who also equals his compatriot Guillermo Stábile, is not, however, the best of the Argentines, since Gabriel Batistuta has 10, achieved in 1994, 1998 and 2002, remaining in the group of eighths.

In overall terms, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has already scored 93 goals and 49 assists for Argentina, in 167 games, and in the last six games he has scored in all of them, a total of 12 goals, an average of two per game. .

Source: Observadora

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