Lionel Messi Argentina vs Croatia FIFA World Cup 2022 semi-final
Lionel Messi. File photo: Twitter/FIFA

Lionel Messi breaks another World Cup record in semis against Croatia

Argentina captain Lionel Messi claimed another World Cup record when he scored a goal against Croatia in the Qatar 2022 World Cup at the Lusail Stadium on Wednesday (December 14).

In the first semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Messi scored from the penalty spot in the 34th minute to become Argentina’s all-time World Cup leading goalscorer.

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Messi has now scored 11 World Cup goals in 25 matches and he surpassed Gabriel Batistuta who had 10 goals from 12 games.

During the match, Messi, with his 25th appearance, also equalled the World Cup record for most matches, previously held by Germany’s Lothar Matthaus.

Also read: Lionel Messi’s World Cup records ahead of semi-finals

Messi is playing in his fifth World Cup and had drawn level with Batistuta in the quarterfinal win over the Netherlands.

In the current FIFA World Cup, Messi has scored five goals and is the joint leader with France’s Kylian Mbappe in the Golden Boot standings. 14).

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