Lionel Messi steps out of Super Eagles shadow but Argentina suffers Saudi shock


The three-time African champions are the Paris Saint-Germain icon’s favorite FIFA World Cup client

Lionel Messi scored his seventh goal at the FIFA World Cup as Argentina suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday afternoon.

Messi found the net in the tenth minute and converted masterfully from the penalty spot after Leandro Paredes was fouled in the penalty area.

However, Saudi Arabia striker Saleh Al-Shehri equalized four minutes into the second half.

And the Arabs completed the impressive turnaround five minutes later when number ten Salem Al Dawsari struck a beauty for the third goal of the afternoon.

Before Lionel Messi’s goal at Lusail Stadium, the PSG striker had only scored six goals in 19 appearances at the FIFA World Cup in four editions (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018).

Interestingly, half of Messi’s goals (three) in the World Cup came against Nigeria.

The Argentine legend scored twice against the Super Eagles in a 3-2 win over Nigeria in a group game of the 2014 edition. This match was the only time Lionel Messi scored more than one goal in a single FIFA World Cup match.

Messi’s other goal against Nigeria was at the 2018 World Cup, where he helped his side win 2-1 against a side led by Mikel Obi. It was Messi’s only goal in the tournament.

While the Super Eagles remain the former Barcelona star’s clients, Messi has now scored more goals against other opponents than against Nigeria.



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