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Lionel Messi breaks another Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup record with goal against Australia

Argentine striker Lionel Messi broke another Cristiano Ronaldo record in the World Cup after scoring against Australia in the round of 16 on Saturday.

His effort for Argentina in a 2-1 victory against Australia took him one clear of Cristiano Ronaldo in the World Cup scorers list.

Messi scored his third goal at the Qatar World Cup, which was his ninth overall at the quadrennial event, while Cristiano Ronaldo had only eight goals.

Messi struck the ball with his left foot from inside the box in the 35th minute to beat a diving Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and find the bottom left corner. 

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Messi has scored nine times in FIFA World Cup tournaments: once in 2006, four times in 2014, when he guided his team to the final, being awarded the Golden Ball for best player, once in 2018 and thrice in 2022.

Additionally, he joins Kylian Mbappe, Enner Valencia, Marcus Rashford and Cody Gakpo in the Golden Boot race.

He also scored his first-ever World Cup knockout goal in stunning fashion, coming in his 1000th career game.

In his 1,000th career appearance, the 35-year-old netted his 789th goal.

Argentina will now face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of Qatar 2022 after beating Australia 2-1.

More incredible than the fact it was Messi’s first knockout goal in five World Cups, is that he’s not the only one, with fellow all-time great and long-time adversary Cristiano Ronaldo yet to bag a knockout goal in football’s biggest tournament.

The former Manchester United forward will have a chance to snap that run when his Portugal side take on Switzerland, while Messi and Co gear up for the Netherlands in the last eight.

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