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2022 World Cup | Lionel Messi set to equal mens World Cup appearance record against Croatia

Messi revisits an old club rivalry against Croatia’s Luka Modrić as the Argentine great adds another feather in his cap in service of his country


Argentina is less than an hour away from a difficult semi-final clash with Croatia at the 2022 World Cup, pitting Lionel Messi’s La Albiceleste against Luka Modrić's Kockasti at Lusail Iconic Stadium.

Though a wealth of storylines to choose from as Lionel Scaloni and Zlatko Dalić prepare to put faith in the men that have gotten them this far in Qatar, the headlines are once again dominated by none other than Messi himself after the 35-year-old legend earned another feather in his cap across a brilliant footballing career.

When appearing tonight against Croatia, Messi will equal the legendary Lothar Matthäus for joint-most appearances (25) all-time at a men’s World Cup.

First representing Argentina on the biggest stage back in 2006 in Germany, Messi has gone on to log 170 appearances while bagging 95 goals along the way for the South American giants across five World Cup tournaments but, like many greats before him, has still yet to achieve the ultimate measure of success on a football pitch.

Like the man he just equaled in appearances, and the god-like entity that he continues to chase while donning his nation’s iconic kit, Messi remains on the hunt for his first-ever World Cup winners medal in what is his last chance to secure the game’s top honor before stepping down from the international scene.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.


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