Argentina’s captain, Lionel Messi, has plenty of footballing records to his name, whether at club level or for his country. At the age of 35, he is still going strong and continues to break records. Messi is currently busy playing in the Qatar 2022 competition with Argentina, and this is probably going to be his last World Cup appearance. So, this is his last opportunity to break any record related to the World Cup. Here is the one unique record Leo Messi can break if he plays in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final.
Which record can Lionel Messi break if Argentina reach the final?
Lionel Messi can break Lothar Matthaus' World Cup appearance record if Argentina reaches the final and he plays in all of the games. Lionel Messi has played 21 matches and needs to play five more matches to surpass Lothar Matthaus’ 25 appearances in the World Cup tournament.
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Argentina will play four more matches (a group-phase match against Poland, the Round of 16, the quarterfinal, and the semifinal) if they overcome all the hurdles and book their place in the final. Lionel Messi is expected to be part of each of the contests if he stays fit.
If Argentina fail to qualify for the final, Messi can take the second or third position in most appearance lists, depending on how far Argentina can reach in the ongoing event. Miroslav Klose of Germany (24) and Paolo Maldini of Italy (23) are in second and third positions, respectively, on that list.
By taking part in the first two matches of the group stage, Lionel Messi already broke two records. When Messi came on the field against Saudi Arabia in Argentina's first match, he became the first player to represent Argentina in five different World Cups and the fifth player overall to do so. Two days later, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal became the sixth player to represent a country in five World Cups.
Six players who represented their countries in five World Cup events
|Antonio Carbajal||Mexico||1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966|
|Andres Guardado||Mexico||2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022|
|Lothar Matthaus||Germany||1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998|
|Rafael Marquez||Mexico||2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018|
|Lionel Messi||Argentina||2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022|