Lionel Messi scored his sixth goal in World Cup history on Tuesday, equalling the return of Africa’s all-time recordscorer, while climbing up in the ranking of the top active goalscorers in the tournament’s history.
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The Argentine scored his side’s first goal in the dramatic win over Nigeria that saw the Albiceleste advance to the last 16 and the Super Eagles knocked out.
Overall, it was his sixth goal in World Cup history, as many as Asamoah Gyan, who to date is still Africa’s record scorer in the competition.
However, there still four active players with more goals than the 31-year-old.
His FC Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez netted his seventh World Cup goal on Monday, while Messi’s long-standing rival Cristiano Ronaldo also took his tally to seven strikes during the tournament in Russia.
Spain’s all-time record scorer David Villa, who was not called up to La Furja Roja’s World Cup squad, sits on nine goals, while Germany’s Thomas Muller leads the list of the best active goalscorers with 10 strikes.
Messi and Argentina will now face France in the last 16 on Saturday, while Suarez and Ronaldo will go head-to-head when Uruguay clash with Portugal later that day.
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