Lionel Messi has played his 22nd match in the final tournaments of the world championships. Thus, he became the new record holder of the Argentine national team, breaking the record of 28 years ago Diego Maradona. Messi played 7 meetings at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, 5 in 2010 in South Africa, 4 in 2018 in Russia, 3 each at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
By the way, the 35-year-old captain of the blue-and-whites now occupies the fourth position in the list of top guardsmen of the world championships. If the Argentina national team reaches the semi-finals and then plays either in the final or in the bronze medal match, Lionel can reach the first line of this list, beating the world championship record holder German Lothar Matthäus.
Top 12 World Championship Finals Guardsmen