In the crucial match against Mexico, Lionel Messi gave Argentina a 1-0 lead, which meant a lot to him.
La Albiceleste sought to bounce back from their unexpected loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening match, but despite making five changes, Lionel Scaloni’s team struggled at the Lusail Stadium.
It needed a little piece of magic from Argentina’s talisman to break the tie in the 63rd minute after being frustrated by Mexico for long intervals.
On the edge of the box, Messi made a break for it and beat Guillermo Ochoa with a low shot. It was his second goal of the competition and the ninth of his five World Cup campaigns combined.
After scoring, Messi was overcome with joy and rushed toward the jubilant crowd while his teammates surrounded him.
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The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner only performs on the grandest platform, which is why there was an explosion of noise as the ball was put in.
Messi now has the same number of World Cup goals as the little Argentine No. 10 who came before him, the late Diego Maradona.
In what is probably going to be his final competition, Messi will be attempting to emulate the exploits of Maradona, who led Argentina to the World Cup in 1986 in Mexico.
When Argentina won the Copa America in 2021, Messi’s lengthy quest for an international title came to an end. The World Cup would definitely bring an outstanding career to a close.
Late on, as the South American heavyweights began to gel, Enzo Fernandez increased Argentina’s advantage with a magnificent curling effort off a Messi assist.