Will Messi beat Maradona in this Fifa World Cup 2022
Messi has an opportunity to break Maradona’s many precedents before going to the World Cup this time. Can Argentina’s captain show that in his last World Cup?
This is the last time Lionel Messi is going to the World Cup. He wants to make his farewell memorable by winning the World Cup. Along with that, Messi has the opportunity to break the precedent of Diego Maradona. Messi has the opportunity to break three precedents of his predecessor in the World Cup in Qatar.
So far, Maradona has played the most matches as an Argentinian in the World Cup. He played a total of 21 matches in four World Cups. On the other hand, Messi has played 19 matches in four World Cups. In other words, Messi will break this precedent of Maradona only if he plays in three matches of the group stage of this World Cup.
Messi could not surpass Maradona’s number of goals in the World Cup. Maradona scored 8 goals in 21 matches in the World Cup. Among them, he scored 2 goals in 5 matches in the 1982 World Cup. He scored 5 goals in 7 matches in the 1986 World Cup. That time Argentina won the World Cup under the leadership of Maradona. Diego could not score a single goal in the 1990 World Cup. In the 1994 World Cup, he played 2 matches and scored 1 goal. In the middle of the World Cup, Maradona could not play anymore because of the dope scandal.
On the other hand, Messi has scored 6 goals in the World Cup so far. Among them, he played 3 matches in the 2006 World Cup and scored 1 goal. Messi could not score a single goal in 5 matches in 2010. He scored 4 goals in 7 matches in the 2014 World Cup. Messi scored 1 goal in 4 matches in 2018. That is, Messi will surpass Maradona if he scores 3 goals in this World Cup. Will be the most goalscorer in the World Cup.
Maradona is at the top in terms of assist in terms of goals among Argentine footballers in the World Cup. He made 8 assists. He made 5 assists in the 1986 World Cup. Messi has 5 assists in the World Cup so far. That is, Messi will surpass Maradona if he makes four assists in this World Cup.