Lionel Messi draws level with Diego Maradona on World Cup goals for Argentina

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi feature on a banner waved by Argentina fans at the 2022 World Cup.
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Lionel Messi has drawn level with Argentina legend Diego Maradona on World Cup goals following his super strike against Mexico on Saturday.

Argentina were poor in the first half, but Messi broke the deadlock with a fantastic low drive from outside the box after 64 minutes to give the South Americans a vital victory following their disappointing defeat to Saudi Arabia earlier this week.

Messi, playing in his fifth World Cup, netted from the penalty spot in that match and his goal against Mexico took him to eight goals in the tournament.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward scored against Serbia and Montegro in 2006, but had to wait until 2014 for his next World Cup goals. He netted three in Brazil, versus Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria.

He added only one at Russia 2018, against Nigeria, but his two in this tournament mean he has matched Argentina legend Maradona.

Maradona, who passed away a year ago on Friday, coached Messi in the 2010 World Cup.

Messi is yet to win a World Cup, but his hopes of claiming the trophy remain intact after Argentina's 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday moved the Albiceleste up to second place in Group C.

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Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.