The list of records that Lionel Messi broke in the World Cup in Qatar 2022

Dreamlike. Such was the journey of Lionel Messi for Qatar. It is that the trans-Andean star achieved, after five attempts, the long-awaited trophy that crowns him and his teammates as the best on the planet.

But Sunday was not only special for The flea for obtaining the cup and the award as the best of the competitionbut also because set new records wearing the albiceleste shirt.

The Argentine captain became the footballer with most matches played in the history of the event with 26 appearances in five editions.

It should be remembered that the rosarino debuted in the 2006 event in Germany. In said championship he added three participations, to which he added five in South Africa 2010seven in Brazil 2014four in Russia 2018 and the seven of Qatar 2022.

With this new mark, the current PSG striker surpasses the German Lothar Matthäus who is 25, also achieved in five tournaments. Further back are the Teutonic Miroslav Klose (24)the Italian Paolo Maldini (23) and the portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (22)among others.

The German Lothar Matthäus was world champion in Italy 1990. Photo: Mediotiempo.

In the match against Les Bleus, the former Barcelona player not only broke the attendance record, but also became the player with more minutes played with 2,315leaving behind the record achieved by Paolo Maldini with 2,217although in four editions, one less than the rosarino.

behind them appear Lothar Matthaus (2,052)his compatriot Uwe Seeler (1980)the trasandinos Javier Mascherano (1950) Y Diego Maradona (1938)and the Teutonic Philipp Lahm (1920).

As if that were not enough, Messi was in charge of registering his name with another record: with his two goals against those led by Didier Deschamps, he became the first footballer in history to score in each of the phases in the same edition of the tournament.

The “10″ albiceleste was registered in twice in the group stage (some to Saudi Arabia and another to Mexico). He then he marked Australia in eighths, Netherlands in quarters already Croatia in the semifinal. In the decisive match he scored a brace against Les Bleus.

With his participation in Qatar 2022 La Pulga added presences in five World Cupssomething that he has done without interruption since his debut in Germany 2006. In this way, it becomes the Argentine with more participations.

Until before this edition, he shared the record with Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994) and his former teammate at Barcelona, Javier Mascherano (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018), both with four contests each.

Globally, only seven players They have played the same number of World Cups as the PSG striker: Lothar Matthaus (Germany), Antonio Carbajal, Raphael Marquez, Guillermo Ochoa, Andres Guardado (Mexico), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

Diego Maradona was the great figure of Argentina’s second title in 1986. Photo: Bob Thomas / Getty Images.

Before Qatar 2022, Diego Maradona He had the most appearances as captain of the selected albiceleste with 16 matchesa mark that was surpassed by Messi in this edition by registering with 20 encounters.

The native of Rosario, who incidentally became the footballer who he has been captain of his team more times than the Mexican Rafael Márquez (19)carried the horseman once in South Africa 2010, seven in Brazil 2014, four in Russia 2018 and seven in the World Cup that has just ended.

Already in the semifinal match against Croatia, Lionel Messi had become the trans-Andean player with the most scores in World Cupsexceeding by one the 10 goals of Gabriel Batistuta. However, with the double achieved this Sunday, the albiceleste star added 13 conquests to his credit.

In the historical table of scorers he is tied with the French Just Fontaine (13 goals in 6 duels), being only surpassed by the German Miroslav Klose (16 in 24 games), the Brazilian ronaldo (15 in 19 matches) and the German Gerd Muller (14 in 13 commitments).