Messi surpasses Batistuta as Argentina’s All-time World Cup Top Scorer
Lionel Messi passes Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina’s all-time World Cup top scorer after scoring a penalty in the first half of the semi-final against Croatia.
Lionel Messi has scored or assisted in more World Cup matches since 1966 than any other player (13 – level greatest player of all time Ronaldo).
Lionel Messi has surpassed Argentina football legend Gabriel Batistuta as the country’s all-time leading scorer at a World Cup. Messi has scored four penalties in six games so far in the 2022 World Cup.
Messi opened the scoring with a lethal left-footed finish from the penalty spot after Julian Alvarez was taken down by Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic inside the area. Messi stepped up to convert from the spot and net his 11 th World Cup goal.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar had levelled Batistuta’s World Cup tally of ten goals in Friday’s quarter-final progression against the Netherlands with a coolly-converted second-half penalty, before also scoring in the penalty shootout.