Messi’s World Cup Finals
Lionel Messi’s World Cup Finals experiences so far have been a mixture of good, bad and indifferent.
He has played in three tournaments, starting with limited outings as a teenager in Germany in 2006 – the indifferent. 2010 in South Africa brought the bad as his team crashed out in the quarter-finals with a 4-0 hammering against Germany.
And then, of course, in 2014 he enjoyed a good campaign in Brazil and came agonisingly close to lifting the trophy.
Here’s the full breakdown of Messi’s three tournaments to date.
P15 W11 D2 L2
1(+2) apps, 1 goal, 1 assist
Group C: Argentina 6-0 Serbia & Montenegro (subbed in 75 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist)
Group C: Argentina 0-0 Netherlands (subbed out, 70 mins)
Round of 16: Argentina 2-1 Mexico (aet) (subbed in 84 mins)
2010, SOUTH AFRICA
5 apps, 0 goals, 4 assists
Group B: Argentina 1-0 Nigeria
Group B: Argentina 4-1 South Korea (2 assists)
Group B: Argentina 2-0 Greece (1 assist)
Round of 16: Argentina 3-1 Mexico (1 assist)
Quarter-finals: Argentina 0-4 Germany
7 apps, 4 goals, 1 assist
Group F: Argentina 2-1 Bosnia & Herzegovina (1 goal)
Group F: Argentina 1-0 Iran (1 goal)
Group F: Argentina 3-2 Nigeria (2 goals, subbed out 63 mins)
Round of 16: Argentina 1-0 Switzerland (aet) (1 assist)
Quarter-finals: Argentina 1-0 Belgium (1 goal)
Semi-final: Argentina 0-0 Netherlands (Arg 4-2 on pens)
Final: Argentina 0-1 Germany (aet)
Green = win
Orange = draw
Red = loss
NOTES, FACTS AND STATS
Messi scored a penalty in the shoot-out victory against the Netherlands in the 2014 semi-final. Shoot-out goals are not included in official statistics.
Messi’s first World Cup appearance, from the bench against Serbia & Montenegro in 2006, saw him become the youngest player to appear for Argentina in the World Cup Finals at 18 years and 357 days.
He also scored in that game against Serbia & Montenegro, becoming the sixth-youngest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup Finals.
This summer could see Messi break into the top ten for all-time World Cup appearances. If Argentina reach the semi-finals and he plays in every game, he will overtake Diego Maradona as the country’s most-capped player in World Cups (Messi has currently played 15 games, Maradona played 21).
If Messi scores five goals in Russia this summer, he will equal Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina’s all-time leading scorer in World Cup Finals (ten goals).
Messi won the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament in Brazil 2014, also being named in FIFA’s ‘Dream Team’.
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