Leo Messi beats World Cup record set by Maradona against Nigeria

Leo Messi beats World Cup record set by Maradona against Nigeria

Lionel Messi eclipsed Diego Maradona’s record after a sterling performance against Poland on Wednesday.

Messi, 35-year-159day-old, became the oldest player on record (since 1966) to create 5+ chances and make 5+ dribbles in a World Cup match, with the previous oldest being Diego Maradona against Nigeria in 1994.


After creating 5 chances against the Polish, Lionel Messi also moves into second place on the all-time World Cup list of chances created, with 63.

The only player with more than him is still the Argentine great Diego Maradona, with 67.

In addition, The Paris Saint German star extended his lead at the top of all-time World Cup successful dribbles (118), with Diego Maradona sitting behind him with 105.

Meanwhile Messi also set an unwanted record during the game, becoming the first player to miss two penalties at the FIFA World Cup.

His first half penalty was saved by Wojciech Szczęsny who also denied Salem Al-Dawsari in Poland’s 2-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Messi’s failure from the penalty spot denied him the chance to move level with Marcus Rashford, Kylian Mbappe, Cody Gakpo and Enner Valencia on three goals in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot.

The Paris Saint-Germain star is on two goals after scoring a penalty against Saudi Arabia and another goal against Mexico.

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