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Sports - December 19, 2022

FIFA World Cup: Google Joins Lionel Messi in Breaking Records

A couple of records were broken by Lionel Messi and Google as Argentina won their first FIFA World Cup in over 36 years, after defeating France 4-2 in a penalty shootout, following a 3-3 draw. 

Lionel Messi scored two goals in the championship game, including a penalty kick in the 23rd minute that gave Argentina the ultimate win. Messi also set several records in the process, a list of which is provided below. Check out the record Messi shattered at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

List of records broken by Lionel Messi at the FIFA World Cup

  • Messi has now established a record by scoring in 14 different World Cup contests.
  • Messi also made history by being the first player to score in a single World Cup’s group stage, Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final.
  • Since 1966, Messi is the first player with 20 direct goals-related contributions in a World Cup.
  • With his current total of 26, Messi has the most appearances in FIFA World Cup. To claim the record as his own, he left Germany’s Lothar Matthaus behind.
  • With more minutes played than any other player in FIFA World Cup history, Messi has surpassed Italian footballer Paolo Maldini.
  • Additionally, Messi made FIFA World Cup history by becoming the first player to ever win two Golden Balls.

Google Joins in

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, tweeted this morning that the FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France saw the highest ever traffic in 25 years for Google search, adding that it was like the entire world was Googling for one thing.

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