Messi equaled Maradona's mark for most games played in World Cups

Messi equaled Maradona’s mark for most games played in World Cups

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Lionel Messi reached the mark of 21 games played with the Argentine national team in World Cups that Diego Armando Maradona held alone since his last presence in the United States in 1994.

The current captain of Argentina played from the beginning of the match against Mexico for the second date of group C of the World Cup in Qatar 2022 and reached the historic mark of the legend who died two years ago.

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Photo: Claudio Fanchi (file).

Messi, who is playing his fifth World Cup, played Germany 2006 (3 games), South Africa 2010 (5), Brazil 2014 (7), Russia 2018 (4) and Qatar 2022 (2).

In the 21 games, the man from Rosario scored 8 goals, provided 6 assists and only received one yellow card.

In the event of playing against Poland, next Wednesday the 30th at stadium 974 for the third date of group C of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the winner of seven Ballon d’Ors will be at the top of the table of matches played by Argentines in World Cups .

The world record belongs to the German Lothar Matthaus with 25 matches in the World Cups of 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998.

The other record that Messi achieved today was equaling the 14 games as captain of a team in a World Cup played by the Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff.

In this item he will still have ahead of the Mexican Rafael Márquez (15) and Diego Armando Maradona (16).

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