With his goal against Nigeria, Lionel Messi moved beyond Gabriel Batistuta to become Argentina’s all-time leading scorer in the FIFA World Cup, according to Al Daayen [Qatar]. Messi has now scored 11 times this season.
The Argentina captain scored from the penalty spot in the 34th minute to put his team up 1-0 over Croatia in the first semi-final encounter at Lusail Stadium. Messi’s 11 goals put him on par with Hungarian legend Sandor Kocsis and German scoring machine Jurgen Klinsmann.
Messi’s tally of 12 goals at the FIFA World Cup is second only to Pele (12), Just Fontaine (13), Gerd Muller (14), Ronaldo (15) of Brazil, and Miroslav Klose (16) of Germany. This was his 25th World Cup match overall, making him tied with Lothar Matthaus as Argentina’s all-time leader.
With five goals, he is tied for first place with France’s Kylian Mbappe for the Golden Boot.
The Argentine team advanced to the championship game because of the excellent play of their top player, who led them to a 3-0 victory over Croatia. The team captained by Lionel Messi will face whoever prevails between France and Morocco.
Because Argentina already competed in and lost the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final to Germany by a single goal, Messi will be appearing in his second World Cup Final. The Argentine star player wants to help his team win the World Cup for the third time.