Lionel Messi has equaled legendary Diego Maradona’s record for Argentina after scoring his eighth goal in the FIFA World Cup

Argentina won against Mexico in a Group C encounter, with a 2-1 result. Following the new number, Messi is at the same level as with long-time arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who also has eight goals each in FIFA World Cups. He is only behind Gabriel Batistuta as the highest-scoring Argentine in FIFA World Cups, with 10 years.

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Messi and Maradona are at par in another way that was to register the most FIFA World Cup appearances for Argentina, with both of them featuring in 21 matches each.

Messi opened the scoring before Enzo Fernandez added another as Argentina defeated Mexico to stay alive in the tournament.

Fernandez, who came on as second-half substitute, scored three minutes before the end of regulation time

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Messi provided the breakthrough in the 64th minute. 

Messi is already Argentina’s highest-capped player with 168 games under his belt, while also scoring 94 goals for his nation, which is also a record.

Messi made his World Cup debut coming off the bench in the 2006 edition and scored a goal in his first appearance. With the goal, Messi had become the youngest-ever goalscorer in World Cups at the age of 18.