Scorer and decisive passer against Croatia, Lionel Messi is a little more entered in the annals of the World Cup.
This is the match of all records for Lionel Messi. By facing Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup, the seven-time Ballon d’Or first played his 25th match in a World Cup, thus joining Lothar Matthaüs.
Thanks to his goal scored from the penalty spot, the PSG playmaker also scored his 11th but at a World Cup, becoming Argentina’s top scorer in the competition by surpassing Gabriel Batistuta’s 10 goals.
And decisive passer on the third but of the Albiceleste, Lionel Messi now has 11 goals and 8 assists decided, which makes him the most decided player in the World Cup, alongside Miroslav Klose, Gerd Müller and the Brazilian Ronaldo.