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The 5 historical moments of Lionel Messi in the World Cup in Qatar


Lionel Messi never tired of breaking records and capturing historic moments at the World Cup in Qatar. Here we leave you five of them.

Analysis: Messi wins his World Cup 2:52

(CNN Spanish) --

After 36 years of waiting, Argentina returned to the highest glory of international soccer by winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

It was a heart attack final against France.

In regulation time, the score was 2-2, with the Europeans scoring their pair of goals in two minutes (80 and 81) thanks to the young star Kylian Mbappé, after Argentina comfortably dominated in the first 79 minutes.

Already in extra time, the now Argentine legend Lionel Messi scored his second goal of the game at minute 109 to put his team ahead;

however, Mbappé scored again at 118, again from a penalty.

Everything had to be defined from the eleven steps, where Emiliano "Dibu" Martínez was once again a figure to give the title to the Albiceleste.

Argentina, world champion by the hand of Messi!


And, without a doubt, the great protagonist of this story is Lionel Messi, who, in case there was any doubt, became a living legend with his consecration at the age of 35.

For this reason, we show you the 5 great moments of Messi in the World Cup in Qatar.


5 historical moments of Messi in the World Cup in Qatar 2022

1, 1,000 games as a professional

Lionel Messi (L) and Rodrigo De Paul celebrate after winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 match between Argentina and Australia.


Although he did not set any records here because there are already other players with more matches, it was a historic moment for Messi: not only did he play his thousandth match as a professional, but he also did so in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar and scored one of the two goals that gave Argentina victory over Australia.

2. Messi beats "Batigol"

Lionel Messi celebrates after Argentina's victory against Croatia in the 2022 World Cup semifinal in Qatar. (Photo: JUAN MABROMATA/AFP via Getty Images)

In the Qatar 2022 semifinals, Messi overtook Gabriel Batistuta, better known as "Batigol", as the top Argentine goalscorer in world cups.

Against Croatia, Messi scored one in the game that ended 3-0, bringing the captain to 11 World Cup goals, one more than "Batigol".

With the two in the final against France, the record was 13 goals.

3. More World Cup appearances

Argentina got it.

Messi got it.

Huge triumph for the Albiceleste, which wins its third world cup in its history.

(Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The German Lothar Matthaus, who played in five World Cups, had the record for most world cup appearances with 25. However, with the Qatar final against France, Messi surpassed that mark and now holds the record with 26 games.

4. Goal in each phase of the tournament

Messi at 109. The Argentine star raising his hands to heaven after making it 3-2 in extra time against France.

(Photo: image created with photos from Getty Images)

By scoring in the World Cup final in Qatar, Messi became the first footballer to score a goal in all phases of the tournament: two in the group stage (against Saudi Arabia and Mexico), one in the round of 16 (Australia), one in the quarterfinals (Netherlands), one in the semifinals (Croatia) and two in the final (France).

Likewise, Messi is the first man to score in each knockout phase of a World Cup, a record he shares with the American Carli Lloyd, who achieved it in the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

5. The dream came true: Messi lifts the world cup

Argentina, champion of Qatar 2022 2:29

"WORLD CHAMPIONS. I dreamed of it so many times, I wanted it so much that I haven't fallen yet, I can't believe it," Messi wrote on Instagram after winning the World Cup.

His dream came true and together with "Scaloneta" he was finally able to lift the world cup.

Messi, you did it: you led Argentina to their third world cup.

The captain raises the trophy with all his teammates in total happiness.

(Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Source: cnnespanol

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