South American giants Argentina won the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Sunday in Qatar after beating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties, following a dramatic 3-3 draw after extra time. Argentina goal keeper Emiliano Martinez saved Kingsley Coman’s penalty and Aurelien Tchouameni fired wide to take Argentina to their third world title.
After winning the 2022 World Cup final, Lionel Messi has surpassed Lothar Matthäus (Germany) for the record of most FIFA World Cup matches played by a player (26). Argentina extended their record for the most penalty shoot-out victories in FIFA World Cup tournaments by a team (6).
Messi set four other Guinness World Records during the tournament. He won the titles of Most Man of the Match awards won at the FIFA World Cup (11), First person to assist at five different FIFA World Cups, Most FIFA World Cup appearances as captain (19), and Most appearances in FIFA World Cup tournaments by a player (male) (5).
Messi made his World Cup debut at Germany 2006, where he came on as a late substitute in Argentina’s group-stage game against Serbia and Montenegro. Within minutes, he assisted Hernán Crespo before scoring the final goal himself in a 6-0 victory.