Argentina captain Lionel Messi equaled legendary Diego Maradona’s record for Argentina after scoring his eighth FIFA goal. Globalism Glass. Messi achieved the feat in the match against Mexico when he provided the breakthrough for his team in the 64th minute with a sparkling long-range strike. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner went for a low shot into the bottom right corner from outside the penalty area.
Later on, he added more to the team’s score by assisting Enzo Fernandez, who edged past the Mexican defender and fired a powerful shot across the goal into the top right corner to seal the match 2-0 in favor of Argentina.
Messi’s goals always fascinate his fans, but the magic kick in the World Cup has become special for many. With his goal, he tied with legend Diego Maradona for the most FIFA World Cup appearances for Argentina, with both having made 21 appearances each.
Messi also added another accolade to his name as he tied arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo on eight goals each at the FIFA World Cup Finals. He is only behind Gabriel Batistuta as the best Argentine player in FIFA World Cup Finals (10).
On Sunday, Messi’s display was in full swing as Mexican soccer players struggled to deflect the ball away from him. As the match progressed, Mexico tried hard to control Messi but the Paris Saint-Germain player was in great shape as he made sure to find the right spaces and the right chances on goal.
The Argentina captain said: “The first half was difficult because of the way they defended. We weren’t able to find space and didn’t move the ball the way we wanted to.
“In the second half we managed to gain more possession and find space between the lines. We started to get close to the ball from the (penalty) area and play our normal game.”
There are a number of records in Messi’s name because he is already the highest scoring player in Argentina with 168 matches under his belt, while also scoring 94 goals for his country, which is also a record.
Now, the team led by Messi will face Poland on December 1 at Stade 974, Qatar.
“We knew that if we don’t win today we will be out, and if we win (our fate) will depend on us. Luckily we managed to win and that makes us very happy. It’s a heavy weight on our shoulders and we can start again against Poland,” Messi said after the victory over Mexico.
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