The World Cup record Lionel Messi will be aiming to extend over Diego Maradona in Qatar

Argentina talisman Lionel Messi will be hopeful of extending a remarkable personal record at the upcoming World Cup.

Messi, of course, is primed to lead his country onto world football’s biggest stage for the fifth, and what will likely prove final time this summer.

After previously suffering heartbreak at the final hurdle en route to a finale defeat at the hands of Germany back in 2014, many view this winter’s showpiece as the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s best-ever chance of finally clinching glory.

Argentina are currently in the midst of a remarkable stretch of form, which has seen them remain unbeaten across a head-turning 36 fixtures, dating back to the summer of 2019.

As alluded to above, though, Messi will not only have his sights set on collective achievements in the Middle East over the weeks ahead.

In addition, the Paris Saint-Germain standout is primed to extend an individual benchmark, too.

As per statisticians Sofascore, Messi represents one of only two players to have completed more than a century of dribbles at the World Cup since such data was first recorded back in 1966.

The 35-year-old currently leads the way with 110, five clear of compatriot and former World Cup winner Diego Maradona.

Expect the world’s greatest player, in top form at present, to have added considerably to his tally come the close of proceedings in Qatar next month.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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