Messi equals Maradona’s record of eight goals in World Cups

Argentine star and seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has matched Argentine legend Diego Maradona’s goals in FIFA World Cup tournaments with eight goals in the group stage match against Mexico in the 2022 World Cup underway in Qatar.

According to Euro Sport, Messi is now not only on par with Maradona, and is second all-time for Argentina behind only Gabriel Batistuta (10 goals), but has also approached other soccer luminaries such as Rivaldo, Rudi Voller and his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Argentina desperately needed a goal halfway through their second group game of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, against Mexico, when Messi stepped up and saved his team from possible elimination with his goal in the 64th minute, taking the three points with Enzo. Fernández doubling the score with his goal in the 87th minute.

Messi found space on the edge of the Mexico box and fired a low shot past Guillermo Ochoa to give Argentina the lead they were looking for.

It was Messi’s second goal of the tournament so far, extending his streak to six consecutive Argentina appearances with at least one goal, and brought his overall tally to eight World Cup goals putting him on a level with Argentine icon Maradona, though with at least one more. match to play.

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