Argentina is going to face Croatia in the first semi-final at Lucail Stadium (Argentina vs Croatia). Many people think that the main fight in this match is going to be between two Lionel Messi -Luka Modric.
Messi can once again reach the final of the World Cup, or the last time’s finalist Croatia will again reach the final, everyone’s eyes are on that. Incidentally, Argentine legend Messi can set a new record in this semi-final match.
What Kind of Records Can Make Messi Today?
- Messi has played a total of 24 matches in the World Cup. He will equal Lothar Mathews’ all-time record for most appearances at a World Cup if he takes the field against Croatia in the semi-final. Regardless of the semi-final result, Messi can play one more match in this World Cup if not for injuries.
- If they win the semi-final, the final is there, otherwise Argentina will play in the third place match. This record will come into the sole possession of Messi if he takes the field in that match after the semi-final for La Albiceleste.
- Both Messi and Rafa Marquez have played 18 World Cup matches as captains. If he takes the field as a captain in the semi-finals, that record will also come into Messi’s possession.
- Paolo Maldini has played the most 2217 minutes in the World Cup. Messi has currently played a total of 2014 minutes of football in the World Cup. If the semi-final goes to extra time and Messi plays in the end, he will break Maldini’s record as well.
- Pele has assisted a maximum of six goals in the knockout stages of the World Cup. Messi has five assists in the knock out. If he gives a pair of assists in the semi, this record will come into Messi’s possession.
- Messi and Gabriel Batistuta both scored 10 goals for Argentina at the World Cup. If he scores today, he will become the highest scorer for Argentina on the World Cup stage.