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With his 8th World Cup goal, Lionel Messi equals legend Diego Maradona

The glimmer of hope could only come from him. Lionel Messi delivered all of Argentina with his goal against Mexico (final victory 2-0). And the Argentinian sets the record straight after the surprise defeat against Saudi Arabia in the first match of the World Cup.

Facing Mexico, Lionel Messi scored his 8th World Cup goal. This goal also allows him to equal the legend Diego Maradona (just like the number of matches played in the World Cup with 21) and to get closer to the Argentine record held by Gabriel Batistuta (10 goals). And then, if Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in five different World Cups, Messi becomes the first player to assist in five different World Cups.

This goal is also his 13th with Argentina in 2022, his highest total in a season since 2012 which saw the PSG striker shake the net 12 times. If we add up his statistics with PSG, the sevenfold Golden Ball panics the counters.

With 26 matches played since the start of the season, Messi has already scored 20 goals and delivered 17 assists. And if finally after the failure against Saudi Arabia, Argentina was launched towards its goal of winning the World Cup? She should in any case to her number 10.

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