Over to you, Cristiano: Lionel Messi scores at his fourth World Cup after netting from the spot against Saudi Arabia, drawing level with Ronaldo’s own feat… but Portugal star can make it five when he takes on Ghana on Thursday
- Lionel Messi has drawn level with Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring in four World Cups
- The PSG star joins an elite club alongside Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwer Seeler
- The 35-year-old has also gone level with Ronaldo on seven World Cup goals
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Lionel Messi has joined an elite club of players that have scored at four different World Cups, including his fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
The PSG forward took just 10 minutes to open his account for Argentina at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as he notched from the penalty spot after a VAR check.
The former Barcelona star has become only the fifth player ever to achieve such a feat alongside the likes of Ronaldo, Pele, Miroslav Klose, and Uwe Seeler.
Lionel Messi has joined an elite club of players that have scored at four different World Cups
Messi has joined an elite club of Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, Miroslav Klose, and Uwe Seeler
The 35-year-old also became the first Argentine to score at four different World Cups – therefore eclipsing both Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta, who scored at three.
Messi, however, has now scored at the 2006, 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cups – although the forward did admit prior to the tournament that this would be his last.
That goal also means Messi has gone level with Ronaldo for the number of goals scored at World Cups – with the pair both now sitting on seven goals.
The forward could have taken the lead over Ronaldo, when he thought he had a second after getting in behind the Saudi defence and coolly slotting the ball home one-on-one, only to turn and see the raised flag from the assistant.
Despite his perfect start to the tournament, it turned into a disaster as Argentina slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia in their opening fixture.
Second-half goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al Dawsari surprised everyone before they held firm to hold on for a victory over one of the World Cup favourites.
Portugal star Ronaldo can still become the outright record holder should he score in Qatar
Messi feat could also be short-lived, as Portugal international Ronaldo can still become the outright record holder should he score in Qatar.
The 37-year-old is expected to be involved for Portugal against Ghana in their World Cup opener on Thursday.
All eyes will be on the wantaway Manchester United star and whether he can claim a new record over Messi at this major tournament.
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