Messi Breaks Maradona Record, Writes World Cup History
Lionel Messi Breaks Diego Maradona Record, Writes FIFA World Cup History
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has broken a FIFA World Cup record set by Diego Maradona, and has also written his name into the tournament's history books, following Argentina’s dramatic win against Nigeria.
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The Albiceleste captain scored his side’s first goal in Argentina's 2-1 win over the Super Eagles, which saw them overtake the African side in Group D and advance to the round of 16.
The goal was Messi’s sixth in World Cup history, and saw him become the first player in the tournament to score a goal as a teenager, in his 20s and in his 30s.
Messi’s first ever World Cup goal came at the 2006 tournament in Germany, while he netted four at the edition four years ago in Brazil before now netting his first in Russia.
However, Messi had more reason to celebrate as he also surpassed Argentina legend as player with most completed dribbles in World Cup history since data was recorded in 1966, as Opta pointed out. Maradona's dribbles were recorded over 21 World Cup appearances, while Messi broke the record in his 18th World Cup game.
The 31-year-old has now completed 107 dribbles, while Maradona had completed 105 before retiring.
Argentina will now meet France in the last 16 on Saturday, while Croatia, who topped Group D, will face Denmark.
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