Lionel Messi sets new World Cup record with Argentina goal against France


ionel Messi became the first man to score in every knockout game at a World Cup in Sunday’s final against France.

Already the tournament’s top scorer, the 35-year-old scored his sixth goal in Qatar with a penalty to put Argentina ahead of the world champions inside the Lusail stadium.

Messi, who has already confirmed he will play in his final World Cup, also scored against Australia, the Netherlands and Croatia as his country bid for their first world title since 1986.

Angel Di Maria put La Albiceleste within two goals before half-time, putting Messi on the verge of claiming the only trophy that has eluded him so far.

Prior to this year’s World Cup, Messi had never scored in the round of 16 despite reaching the 2014 final in Brazil.

In total, the Paris Saint-Germain striker has scored 12 World Cup goals, four behind Miroslav Klose’s record 16.

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