Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi missed his 31st penalty in his career against Poland in the last match of the group C match on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi has broken many untouchable records across his trophy-laden career in football, but one record he won’t be proud of holding is that of the most penalties missed in the 21st century.
After missing a 39th-minute penalty for Argentina against Poland, Messi has now failed to convert from the spot 31 times – the most by any player in the modern era.
Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo is the next player on the list for most penalties missed in the 21st century.
The Portuguese legend – the record holder for most career goals in football and most goals in international football – has failed to convert 29 spot-kicks.
For the majority of the first half, it was Argentina, led by PSG superstar and former Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, who controlled the proceedings against Robert Lewandowski’s Poland.
And La Albiceleste were handed the perfect opportunity to take a lead in the first half when they were awarded a dubious-looking penalty by the referee following a collision between Messi and Wojciech Szczesny.
Up stepped Messi, who had already scored from the spot in the World Cup against Saudi Arabia, against Szczesny, who intriguingly, had stopped a penalty against Saudi Arabia in Poland’s last match.
And it was the former Arsenal goalkeeper who came out on top in his duel with Messi, as he pulled off a top save to ensure that the Argentina captain did not score his third goal of the 2022 World Cup five minutes before half-time.
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