FIFA World Cup: Messi’s goal record for Argentina against Mexico

FIFA World Cup 2022: One of the tournament favourites, La Albiceleste will look up to Lionel Messi to help the side register its first win in this edition.

Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal from the penalty spot against Saudi Arabia.

Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal from the penalty spot against Saudi Arabia. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

FIFA World Cup 2022: One of the tournament favourites, La Albiceleste will look up to Lionel Messi to help the side register its first win in this edition.

Lionel Messi, having scored a stunning goal against Mexico in the Group C match of the FIFA World Cup, took his goal tally against El Tri to four now.

Messi was recently bested by Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, having scored eight goals in 18 World Cup appearances compared to the Argentine star’s seven in 20. Ronaldo, with seven Man of the Match awards, after Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana, also went past Messi, who has six trophies.

With the goal against Mexico, Messi, 35, got level with his Portuguese compatriot and also with Argentine legend Diego Maradona.

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The first of Messi’s goals against Mexico came in the second semifinal of the 2007 Copa America. This arguably happens to be one of the best goals of the forward in his national team’s colours. Carlos Tevez’s immaculate delivery to Messi on the right saw the latter chip the ball past a flummoxed Sanchez, the Mexican goalkeeper.

Messi scored twice again in friendlies, the first in a 4-1 win for Argentina in 2008 and the second in a 2-2 draw in 2015.

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