Lionel Messi on Tuesday became the first Argentina player to score in four FIFA World Cup tournaments. The forward accomplished the feat in the FIFA World Cup 2022 match against Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Argentine has also become the fifth player to score in four different World Cups (2006, 2014, 2018 and 2022) after Brazil’s Pele, Germany’s Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi has now scored seven goals in four different World Cups and has been involved in 14 of Argentina’s last 20 goals in all competitions.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who is taking part in his fifth World Cup this year, opened the scoring from 12 yards for Argentina at the Lusail Stadium after Saud Abdulhamid hauled down Leandro Paredes in the box.
Saudi Arabia defeated the two-time champions, Argentina 2-1 during the pair’s first match at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday. Argentina got off to a great start as Messi converted a penalty in the 10th minute to give his side a 1-0 lead. The two second-half goals by Saudi Arabia came from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari.