Lionel Messi became the first player in World Cup history to score in every round of a single edition of the tournament after putting Argentina ahead against France in Sunday’s final.
The Argentina captain opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute when he calmly sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way after Ousmane Dembele felled Angel Di Maria.
Messi is the first man to net in the group stage, the round of 16, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final at one World Cup.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward also became the first to 20 direct goal involvements at the finals (12 goals, eight assists), while no player has scored or assisted in more different matches (14) than the 35-year-old, whose sensational campaign showed no signs of slowing.
20 – With 12 goals and 8 assists, Lionel Messi’s 20 goal involvements are the most of any player on record at the World Cup (1966 onwards). Greatest. pic.twitter.com/wU7JTyfKWS
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 18, 2022
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