Lionel MessiThe dream of late marriage is really good diego Maradona’s Argentine legacy will live on. The seven-time Ballon d’Or-winning striker equaled Maradona on Saturday with eight World Cup goals and a record 21 World Cup appearances. Lionel Messi’s superb low shot from outside the box gave them a 2-0 win over Mexico, leaving them second in Group C, just as their hopes of victory began to fade and fears took over.Argentina’s magic weapon is two goals away from their World Cup top scorer Gabriel Batistuta has 10 goals in total, but his goals should give Qatar more chances to overtake “Batigor”.
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The real dream is to emulate Maradona and win the 1986 World Cup, but two years and a day after the death of “El Pelusa”, Messi can temporarily be content to match Maradona’s World Cup appearance record and goals.
The curly-haired playmaker inspired Argentina to victory over Mexico in 1986 and played in 1982, 1990 and 1994.
Some insist that Messi cannot be considered the greatest player of all time unless he lifts the trophy, and in Argentina, where Maradona’s gleaming World Cup legacy often helps him draw comparisons, his flawed genius prevails A near-perfect Messi.
36 years ago, Maradona scored five goals in Mexico, assisting Argentina to win the World Cup for the second time.
Almost a year later, Messi was born, but Argentina failed to lift the trophy in his lifetime.
The Albiceleste captain managed to inspire his side to finish second in 2014, when Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in extra time in the final in Rio de Janeiro.
The Paris Saint-Germain No. 10, making his fifth World Cup appearance, scored a penalty in Argentina’s opening game, but they ended up in a crushing defeat to Saudi Arabia.
He had occasional bursts of energy against Mexico, but his team was largely smothered by their dynamic opponents.
Argentina’s desperation grew as the second half began when Messi fired a free-kick over the bar from a dangerous position.
In the end, he broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, with an exquisite lore, beyond the reach of the Mexican cult hero. Guillermo OchoaEnzo Fernandez added late on for an excellent second.
Maradona only scored 15 goals for Argentina in 41 official games, while Messi scored 49 goals in 115 games, but some goals helped him win the World Cup.
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After being eliminated in Spain’s second group stage in 1982, Maradona returned with a vengeance four years later.
He produced one of the most watched performances in football history against England in the quarter-finals.
The portly striker scored one of the greatest goals of all time with a magnificent solo dribble after opening the scoring after knocking down England goalkeeper Peter Shilton with the infamous “Hand of God”.
Another brace against Belgium in the semi-final and Maradona’s assist in a 3-2 final win over West Germany was perhaps the country’s finest sporting moment.
In 1990, Maradona led Argentina to the final, but they lost 1-0 to West Germany.
A wildly wild celebration after scoring a World Cup goal in 1994 became a timeless image – Maradona failed a drug test and was sent home two games later.
Messi this week became the first Argentine to score in four World Cups, having made his youth World Cup debut in 2006 against Serbia and Montenegro.
He was an absent substitute when Germany knocked out Argentina in the quarter-finals before being beaten 4-0 by the same opponents again at the same stage in 2010.
Germany thwarted Messi again at the last hurdle in 2014 and France beat them in the round of 16 in 2018, with the playmaker producing two goals in a 4-3 defeat.
Messi, who has never scored in a World Cup knockout round, has scored twice in two games this year and has scored in Argentina’s last six games, could be his time.
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