Lionel Messi could break long-standing 25 game World Cup record in Qatar

PSG forward Lionel Messi has a chance to create history at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and not just by winning the tournament.

Should his Argentina side make it to the final, and the 35-year-old features in every game, Messi will hold the record for most World Cup appearances with 26. Should Argentina be eliminated at the semi-final stage, Messi will equal the record of 25, currently held by Lothar Matthäus of Germany.

Matthäus played in five consecutive tournaments between 1982 and 1998, boasting three final appearances and a winners medal, and Messi is set to join that exclusive club of players who have appeared in five World Cups this winter, along with Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Mexican pair Andrés Guardado and Guillermo Ochoa.

Winning the World Cup with Argentina would arguably be the pinnacle of Messi’s career but, if he can lead his country to glory in Qatar, he’ll also add a piece of World Cup history to his glittering resume.

Matt Hearn | GFFN

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