Messi surpassed Maradona to secure a clean second place for Argentina at the World Cup.
DOHA, 3 December – RIA Novosti. Argentina captain Lionel Messi has surpassed Diego Maradona in the number of goals scored in the World Cup.
On Wednesday, Messi scored against the Australian team in the 35th minute of the 1/8 final of the World Cup in Qatar. For him, this goal was the ninth in the world championships and the first in the playoffs of the tournament. He surpassed the world champion Maradona and took a clear second place in this indicator in the Argentina national team. The record belongs to Gabriel Batistuta with his ten goals.
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Maradona died on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60. He is the 1986 world champion. The stadium of Italian Napoli, where Maradona is the champion of Italy and the owner of the UEFA Cup, was named after him.
Early in the tournament, Messi broke Maradona’s record in the number of matches played at world championships as part of the Argentina national team. Maradona, who faced the Australians for the 23rd time in the world championships for the striker wearing the Argentine jersey, made 21 appearances.
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