Expectations are through the roof in Argentina. Hot on the heels of a long-awaited Copa America triumph, Lionel Messi and co hope to lead the national team to deep success at Qatar 2022.
It’s been more than three decades since La Albiceleste lifted the World Cup trophy, but it looks like they may finally end the drought this year. Lionel Scaloni’s side punched their ticket to Qatar in fine fashion, completing Conmebol qualification unbeaten.
Of course, all eyes will be on Messi in the final World Cup of his career. For now, the football community will be looking to continue watching him on the big stage as he scored in his first match.
How many World Cup goals has Lionel Messi scored?
Lionel Messi has so far scored eight goals in FIFA World Cups. His first one came in Germany 2006 in a comfortable win over Serbia and Montenegro. After failing to score in South Africa 2010, Messi got on the scoresheet four times in Brazil 2014 (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria x2) and once in Russia 2018, vs. Nigeria. His seventh goal came less than 10 minutes into Argentina’s Qatar 2022 debut against Saudi Arabia. His most recent goal came vs Mexico on Matchday 2.
How many World Cups has Lionel Messi played in?
Lionel Messi is playing in his fifth FIFA World Cup this year in Qatar. He was called up by Argentina in consecutive editions since 2006. Will he finally lead Argentina to the promised land? Use this World Cup Simulator and play.