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Lionel Messi becomes first Argentina player to score in four FIFA World Cups

Lionel Messi has become the first Argentina player to score in four FIFA World Cups. The forward achieved the feat in a 2022 game against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

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Messi celebrates after scoring through penalty. (AP Photo)

In Short

  • Messi has equalled the record of Ronaldo at World Cup
  • Messi scored his first goal at 2022 World Cup through a penalty
  • Messi is playing in his fifth World Cup at Qatar 2022

By India Today Web Desk: Lionel Messi on Tuesday scripted history, becoming the first Argentina player to score in four FIFA World Cup tournaments. The forward achieved the feat in a 2022 match against Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium.

The 35-year-old has also become the fifth player to score in four different World Cups (2006, 2014, 2018, 2022) after Brazil's Pele, Germany's Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

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In the early minutes of the match, Argentina received a penalty for pushing inside the box. Subsequently, an ice-cold Messi waited for Saudi Arabia goalkeeper to commit mistake and beautifully rolled the ball into the opposite corner in the 10th minute. The goal was, however, not without a controversy.

Tottenham's Cristian Romero was brought down in the box after a corner, and the referee consulted VAR before awarding the penalty to Argentina. The situation was similar to England versus Iran match on November 21, involving Harry Maguire, who was bundled over but didn't receive a penalty.

"The greatest player ever has now scored in 4 World Cups. Lionel Messi - genius," a Twitter user said.

"Rodrigo De Paul making sure that no-one gets close to Lionel Messi, even during celebrations," another Twitter user said.

"It's 2022 And Lionel Messi is being Lionel Messi," a user wrote on Twitter.