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Lionel Messi can break as many as five records in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final

Lionel Messi can break as many as five records in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final

Lionel Messi can break as many as five records in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final
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By Prakhar Sachdeo  Dec 15, 2022 11:23:56 AM IST (Published)

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Leo Messi will play his second World Cup final on Sunday, December 18, with a chance to lift the sport's most coveted trophy. The final gives the little magician from Argentina the chance to claim five more records for his enviable collection. Here is a look at what the boy from Rosario can achieve in Argentina versus France final.

Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in the first semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022 to book its place in the final of the tournament. Argentina captain and legen Lionel Messi scored once and assited twice as his team registred a comprehensive win over the 2018 finalists. Argentina have come a long way in the tournament since the shocking loss against Saudi Arabia in their tournament opener.
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The La Albiceleste have come a long way in the tournament since the shocking loss against Saudi Arabia in their tournament opener and captain Leo Messi has played a prominent role in the Argentian team bouncing back from the shock defeat. Now, Messi will play his second World Cup final on Sunday with a chance to lift the sport's most coveted trophy. He has already confirmed that Sunday's final at the Lusial Stadium will be his last World Cup game. Although Messi has many footballing records to his name, Sunday's final gives the little magician a chance to win the World Cup trophy and break five more before signing off from the World Cup stage. (Image: Reuters)

By playing the semi-final tie against Croatia, Lionel Messi equalled the recod of the player to have apperared in the most number of FIFA World Cup matches. With 25 World Cup apperaneces, the Argentine superstart has drawn level with West Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus. On the day of the final should Messi play, he will become the footballer to feature in the most number of FIFA World Cup matches.
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By playing the semi-final tie against Croatia, Lionel Messi equalled the record for the player to have appeared in the most FIFA World Cup matches. With 25 World Cup appearances, the Argentine superstar has drawn level with West Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus. On the day of the final, should Messi play, he will be the sole holder of the record. (Images: Reuters)

Italy's Paolo Maldini holds the record of playing the most number of minutes in the history of FIFA World Cups. The legendary Italian has played a total of 2,217 minutes in all his World Cup appeareances. Lionel Messi has played 2,194 minutes of FIFA World Cup. Should Messi play beyond 23 minutes in the final of FIFA World Cup 2022, he will surpass the Italian to become the player with most clocked minutes in the history of FIFA World Cup. (Images: Reuters)
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Italy's Paolo Maldini holds the record of playing the most number of minutes in the history of FIFA World Cups. The legendary Italian played a total of 2,217 minutes in all his World Cup appearances. Lionel Messi has played 2,194 minutes in FIFA World Cup. Should Messi play beyond 23 minutes in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2022, he will surpass the Italian to become the player with the most clocked minutes in the history of the FIFA World Cup. (Images: Reuters)

Since 1966 edition of the FIFA World Cups, the Brazilian Ronaldo has scored in most different World Cup matches, 13. Messi came at par with Ronaldo with his first goal against Croatia in the semi-final. Should Messi score one more goal or assist even once in the final on Sunday, he will surpas Ronaldo to claim the record of scoring or assisting in most different number of FIFA World Cup matches. (Images: Reuters)
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Retired Brazilian striker Ronaldo Nazário de Lima has the record for most goal contributions in different World Cup matches, 13. Messi came at par with Ronaldo with his first goal against Croatia in the semi-final. Should Messi score in the final on Sunday, he will surpass Ronaldo to claim the record of scoring or assisting in the most different number of FIFA World Cup matches. (Images: Reuters)

Messi (11 goals, 8 assists) has the most goal involvements in a World Cup (since 1966), joining Miroslav Klose (16 goals, 3 assists), Ronaldo Nazario (15 goals, 4 assists) and Gerd Müller (14 goals, 5 assists). Should Messi score or assist in the final he will leave behind the three legends of the game in a flash to claim the record of the player with most goal involvements in this history of FIFA World Cups.
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Messi (11 goals, 8 assists) has the most goal involvements in a World Cup (since 1966), joining Miroslav Klose (16 goals, 3 assists), Ronaldo Nazario (15 goals, 4 assists), and Gerd Müller (14 goals, 5 assists). Should Messi score or assist in the final he will leave behind the three legends of the game in a flash to claim the record of the player with the most goal involvements in the history of FIFA World Cups.

With 17 victories, Germany's legendary striker Miroslav Klose holds the record of being the player with the most World Cup wins. Lionel Messi has 16 World Cup wins under his belt. Should Argentina go all the way and win the final to lift the FIFA World Cup 2022, Messi will beat Klose
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With 18 victories apiece, Germany's Miroslav Klose and the Argentine hold the joint record of being the players with the most World Cup wins. Should Messi play the final and Argentina emerges victorious, Messi, with 19 World Cup wins will become the player with the most World Cup match wins. (Images: Reuters)

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