Man of the Match stats of Lionel Messi since 2009 shows he is the most dominant footballer on the planet


Man of the Match stats of Lionel Messi since 2009 shows he is the most dominant footballer on the planet

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has been one of the most prolific players in football history. The Argentinian forward has had an illustrious career and many sports accolades. He has won the Ballon d’Or seven times, the most for any player in history. Since 2009, Lionel Messi has earned 306 Man of the Match awards, 52% of his matches. This is a remarkable achievement for any player and speaks volumes about Messi’s level of performance over the last decade.

Lionel Messi, the talisman of Argentina, was given his eighth Man of the Match accolade in a World Cup. He surpassed the seven trophies that Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo holds. Arjen Robben of the Netherlands is in third place with six Player of the Match awards since the system was initiated in 2002. Messi accomplished this feat while scoring his third goal in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup during the Round of 16 match against Australia, and managed to overtake Ronaldo in this area as well, as he now has 11 World Cup goals in total, compared to Ronaldo’s eight.

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On Wednesday at Lusail Stadium, Lionel Messi propelled Argentina into the Qatar World Cup final through a dazzling display against Croatia. He got the ball rolling with a penalty kick, then weaved his way past numerous Croatian defenders to set up Julian Alvarez for the third goal. With this, he earned yet another player of the match accolade, extending his lead for the majority of man of the match awards at World Cups.

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The FIFA World Cup Final will mark the end of Lionel Messi’s international career with Argentina

Lionel Messi has announced that the 2022 FIFA World Cup final will be his final game for Argentina. The 35-year-old was successful from the penalty spot and set up the third goal in Argentina’s 3-0 victory over Croatia. Messi, who scored five goals throughout the tournament, has now gone ahead of Gabriel Batistuta (10) as Argentina’s top goalscorer in World Cup matches, with a total of 11 goals.

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Messi is said to have informed an Argentine media source, “I feel thrilled to be able to achieve this, to finish my World Cup journey by playing my last game in a final, It’s many years for the next one, and I don’t think I’ll be able to do it. And to finish like this, it’s the best,”. Argentina was seen as a top contender for the tournament, but their loss to Saudi Arabia raised some questions. This was their first defeat after a streak of 36 wins without a loss before they arrived in Qatar.

On Sunday, Messi will have the chance to add to his 172 international caps as he takes the field for the final of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Argentina have the opportunity to bring home their third World Cup title and finally give Messi the recognition he deserves for his incredible career.

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