Lionel Messi could reach historic milestone with Argentina at Qatar 2022

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The Argentine superstar is close to a historic mark in his career if all goes according to plan before the World Cup in Qatar.

Lionel Messi is not only one of the greatest players, if not the greatest, of all time, he is also a walking, living statistical machine. Messi’s accolades include seven Ballon d’Ors, six European Golden Shoes and eight Pichichis, which include being Argentina’s all-time top scorer.

Messi also became LaLiga’s all-time top scorer and is the Argentinian with the most goals in international European competitions.

Along with all the titles Messi has won, the former Barcelona star could achieve a special status in terms of appearances at the World Cup in Qatar. Here is the stat Messi could achieve at the World Cup.

Messi’s 1,000th game could be the World Cup final in Qatar 2022

Lionel Messi has currently played 988 games in his career when considering league and international competitions at club level and his 114 caps for Argentina. In order for Messi to reach 1,000 career games by the final in Qatar 2022 the following must occur:

Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina takes the ball as Damion Lowe # of Jamaica  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina takes the ball as Damion Lowe # of Jamaica (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi would have to play 5 of the remaining 6 games PSG has before the World Cup. It has been reported Messi will rest 1 game prior to the tournament in Qatar. Once at the World Cup if Argentina gets to the final, he will reach 1,000 career games.

Still Messi could reach 1,000 games playing in the third-place match as well, but he would need to play 5 of PSG’s games and hope for a semifinal run with Argentina.

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