Maradona defeated and just Ronaldo.. The Saudi team enters Messi in the history of the World Cup
The Saudi national team gave Lionel Messi, captain of the Argentine national team, the opportunity to enter the history of the World Cup, through their match in the 2022 World Cup.
With this goal, Messi achieved many records, as the penalty kick he scored against the “Al-Akhdar” net became the first kick for a player in the history of the World Cup.
Messi also became the first player in the history of the Argentine national team to score in 4 different versions of the World Cup, after he scored previously in the 2006 version (a goal), 2014 (4 goals) and 2018 (a goal), while he fasted in the 2010 version from scoring.
Messi surpassed the number of his compatriots Diego Armando Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta, who scored in 3 versions of the World Cup before.
In general, Messi became the fifth player to score in 4 versions of the World Cup, after the Brazilian Pele, the German duo Miroslav Klose and Uve Zeller, in addition to the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi also became the first in history to score goals between two World Cups, the difference between them being 16 years, after he opened his goals in the tournament against Serbia in 2006.
On the other hand, Messi equalized with his goal against Saudi Arabia, the goals of Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who also scored 7 goals in the World Cup throughout his football history.
It is noteworthy that all of Messi and Ronaldo’s goals in World Cups came in the group stage and they never scored in the knockout.