After Australia win, Messi surpasses Maradona's WC record

December 4, 2022

Sports Tak Staff

Lionel Messi scored his ninth FIFA World Cup goal during Argentina's Round of 16 win over Australia. 

It was a memorable strike as the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner was playing his 1000th professional match.

It was also a record-breaking goal for Lionel Messi. 

He has now gone past Diego Maradona for World Cup appearances and goals.

Messi now has one more than Maradona's World Cup career haul of eight goals, moving to nine and counting.

His 23 World Cup appearances, completed during this tournament, are two more than his late compatriot.

Messi is just one behind Gabriel Batistuta's record of 10 World Cup goals with Argentina.

Argentina will now face the Netherlands in the second quarterfinal of the tournament. 

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