The Paris Saint-Germain and Argentine star play, Lionel Messi, ornamented himself as the oldest player in the FIFA World Cup history to have documented the complete creation of five or more chances and dribbles since 1966.
The Argentine striker accomplished this feat after his 2-0 victory over Poland in the last group-stage match earlier on November 30th. He also secured a sure-shot spot for his national team in the round of 16.
Lionel Messi breaks Maradona’s record
This record was previously held by the legendary footballer from Argentina itself, the late Diego Maradona, who recorded his stats in the 1994 FIFA World Cup against Nigeria, which was played in the United States.
The 35-year-old footballer had a bitter-sweet experience in his match against Poland. Despite winning the game 2-0 and progressing to the knockouts with his national team in the FIFA World Cup, the game had a sour aftertaste for him.
The Argentine not only did not have any assist or goal in the match, but he also went on to fail scoring a penalty for his team after the Polish goalkeeper made an extraordinary save, which could have been a hefty price to pay if they didn’t later compensate for the loss by netting two goals in the second half of the match.
After topping the table for Group C in the 2022 edition of the World Cup, Messi-led Argentina has now absolutely marked their spot in the round of 16 of the tournament, despite having a rough and shaky start with a defeat from Saudi Arabia.
The South Americans are now all set to face Australia, the runners-up of Group D after France, in their knockout stage match on coming Saturday, December 6th.