Lionel Messi has scored 98 goals in 172 international matches in his career. He is the top goal-scorer of all time for Argentina. With over 750 professional goals for club and country, Lionel Messi is one of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of football. Messi is one of only six men to have played in five World Cups alongside Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthaus, Rafa Marquez, Andres Guardado and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here are the top 5 World Cup records of Messi.
5. Most Minutes in World Cup History
Argentina captain Lionel Messi broke another record as he became the player with the most minutes played at the Fifa World Cup. Messi has surpassed Italy legend Paolo Maldini, who appeared for 2,217 minutes at the FIFA World Cup. He created history by going past Maldini in the first half of the FIFA World Cup 2022 final. Messi has played the most minutes in World Cup history – 2,314 minutes.
4. Most World Cup Goals for Argentina
Argentina is home to many great football players who have impressed us with their skills in the game. They have led their country to glory, having won three FIFA World Cups. Messi is Argentina’s leading goalscorer in the World Cup with 13 goals. Only three players in World Cup history have scored more goals than Messi (13) – Miroslav Klose (16), Ronaldo (15) and Gerd Muller (14). At this tournament he became the top-scoring Argentine at World Cups, surpassing Gabriel Batistuta (10).
3. Most World Cup Appearances
Messi broke the record for most games played at a Men’s FIFA World Cup. After starting in the final, Messi has become the player with the most World Cup appearances (26) in history, surpassing Germany’s Lothar Mattheus (25). Messi made his 22nd World Cup appearance for Argentina in their final group game against Poland, overtaking the late Diego Maradona’s previous record in the history of the tournament (appearances) for his country.
2. Most Goal Contributions
2022 World Cup champion Lionel Messi currently has the highest goal involvement in FIFA World Cup history. The Argentina captain has scored 13 goals and eight assists in 26 matches across five World Cups. Messi has surpassed the goal contributions of Pele (20), Ronaldo Nazario (20), Gerd Muller (20) and Miroslav Klose. (20)
1. Most Player of the Match Awards
Messi was named the official Player of the Match in five of Argentina’s seven games at Qatar WC 2022. Messi holds the record for being named the POTM on most occasions in the World Cup – 11. Messi surpassed Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s overall count of 7 POTM with a Man of the Match award against Australia in the Round of 16. Former Dutch footballer Arjen Robben, with 6 POTM awards, is third on the list.