Lionel Messi on Saturday surpassed Diego Maradona and Cristiano Ronaldo throughout an aesthetic show in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Australia in a cagey FIFA World Cup 2022 spherical of 16 conflict. Messi scored a elegant purpose within the first half to put his aspect 1-0 forward earlier than Julian Alvarez doubled the lead within the subsequent half.
In the course of the course of the win, Messi, scored his ninth world cup purpose and thus overtook Maradona’s tally of eight objectives for Argentina on the showpiece occasion. He additionally went forward of his up to date Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal who has additionally scored eight instances within the match.
It was a milestone match for the 35-year-old Argentine maestro as he recorded a a thousandth look throughout all competitions on the senior stage.
The purpose was additionally the primary time Messi has scored within the knockout levels of a world cup as properly.
“I’m very pleased for taking one other step ahead, reaching one other goal,” Messi stated throughout a post-match interplay with the media.
“It was a really robust and troublesome match — we knew it was going to be this fashion. We didn’t have a lot time to relaxation up and we had been involved as we knew it was going to be a bodily match and so they had been very robust,” he added.
Messi has no time to rejoice his a thousandth profession sport “No, really no,” he informed Argentine TV when requested if celebrations are deliberate to mark the milestone.
“This was a tricky sport, powerful sport, we didn’t have a lot relaxation, we had probably not recovered properly. It was a really bodily sport as properly. Once we came upon we needed to play once more in three days, we stated it was loopy and never sufficient relaxation, however on the identical time we needed to be right here for what it seems like and for what this represents and for our followers,” he stated.
Argentina will conflict with the Netherlands within the quarterfinals now.
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