Lionel Messi’s last performance in the World Cup got everyone talking. The whole world is paying attention to whether the Argentine football king can lift the first World Cup trophy in his career as he wishes. In the semi-finals, Argentina’s opponent was Croatia, the runner-up in the last World Cup. There is also the veteran Luka Modric on the team. Now the important question is, which of the two stars can have a taste of the Hercules cup of the championship?
Looking back at the past records of the match, the two teams each achieved 2 wins and 1 tie. The two duels were staged in the World Cup, but they also scored 1 win and 1 loss. Circling back to this game, Lionel Messi ushered in his 25th start, tying Lothar Matthäus’ record for the most appearances in the World Cup. In the 34th minute of the game, the Croatian goalkeeper fouled and sent Messi to make a penalty kick and scored steadily, giving Argentina a 1-0 lead. Subsequently, Julian Alvarez scored a goal in the 38th and 69th minutes, scoring twice in a single game. In the end, Argentina came up on top by 3-0.
Argentina, which advanced to the finals, has entered the semi-finals 6 times in team history. All of which were won and successfully scored twice in 1978 and 1986. Messi scored his 5th goal in this game, accumulating 11 goals in his career in the World Cup, surpassing the legendary German Thomas Müller and becoming the first player to achieve that result in the active World Cup record. At the same time, Messi surpassed the Argentine team history record previously held by Gabriel Batistuta, and he is also the first player in team history to score goals in all three knockout matches.