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Messi's Incredible Argentina Record Revealed

Lionel Messi's Incredible Argentina Record Revealed

By David Kappel - Oct 12, 2017 09:00 PM @kappilinho

It has often been said that Lionel Messi carries the Argentina team, and these incredible stats reveals how true the notion was in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

Read: Messi Breaks All-Time South American Record

The Argentine netted all three goals in the Albiceleste's crucial 3-1 away win in Ecuador on Wednesday morning to seal their ticket to Russia 2018.

Following his heroics this week, Messi is now the only Argentina player to have scored for the national team in a competitive match in almost a whole calendar year.

Messi scored the solitary goal in Argentina's 1-0 over Chile on 24 March, as well as all three in the deciding win over Ecuador. The only goal scored by another player in Jorge Sampaoli's side was an own goal in a 1-1 draw against Venezuela on 6 September.

The last two players to score for the two-time World Cup champions were Angel Di Maria and Lucas Pratto, who netted in a 3-0 win over Colombia on 16 November 2016 – a game in which Messi scored the first goal.

Overall, Messi played 10 of Argentina's 18 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and the Albiceleste picked up 21 of their 28 points during their successful qualification for Russia with him on the pitch, and only seven without the superstar.

Read: The Top Goalscorers In 2018 World Cup Qualification

This means that when the 30-year-old played, they averaged 2.1 points per game, while without him they only got 0.875 points in their qualifiers.

Do you think Messi and Argentina are among the favourites to lift the World Cup in Russia? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Mor93 Joined: 07 Sep 2017
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Mor93 Oct 14, 2017 07:43 PM
Best player in the world until football close
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lawrence06 Oct 14, 2017 10:10 AM
Who cares.....
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Faysal Oct 14, 2017 08:15 AM
Messi rules
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matala Oct 13, 2017 03:12 PM
The goat ✊✊
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bucsman14 Oct 13, 2017 11:24 AM
king indeed ..
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Professional Pundit Oct 13, 2017 10:22 AM
Argentina has failed Messi, not the other way round. How many times should Messi take them to the finals and they fail to finish tops? How l wish Messi was a South African, we would have won the COSAFA cup every time.
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Nick#10 Oct 13, 2017 10:14 AM
I love Messi
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clemz7 Oct 13, 2017 10:11 AM
Messi is a King of soccer
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Flipping lyf Oct 13, 2017 10:09 AM
@The Lecturer oh realy now ur comparing king wth messi while all along ur were claiming only pele and maradona can compare wth messi cr7 is a real punisher
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The Lecturer Oct 13, 2017 09:54 AM
I now feel very strongly that through his heroics with Argentina, Messi deserves the Ballon'dor. Why not? Cry7 won his in 2013 mainly because he scored a hattrick against Sweden which helped Portugal to qualify for the World Cup. So if you were thinking that Cry7 is a clear winner in the coming Ballon'dor awards, don't be so sure. You might get the shock of your life.
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Sibongiseni300 Oct 13, 2017 09:28 AM
I wish he may win the 2018 world cup
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moss22ross Oct 13, 2017 09:20 AM
2018 FiFa World Cup has Messi & Argentina written all over it.... PERIOD ....
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paulkgasane@gmail.com Oct 13, 2017 08:54 AM
Messi is Argentina! Argentina is Messi!
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Argentina vs Portugal wil definitely put cr7 back 2 his place.
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Maj Oct 13, 2017 07:49 AM
Then you will hear those Argentine fans criticizing him. mxm ungrateful cows
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Matupa11 Oct 13, 2017 07:43 AM
king messi
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Iviweluwalala Oct 13, 2017 06:27 AM
@Diski Legend sure man Messi is a team player lantwaana lack confidence he must encouraged to free play his game
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lzk-mpintshi Oct 13, 2017 05:49 AM
I jst love the guy..I wish Portugal is drawn in a same group as Argentina...Ronaldo has been talking too much,it's time my king puts him in his place
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lzk-mpintshi Oct 13, 2017 05:47 AM
Hail my king..The GOD of football Mr Lionel Messy,I'm so happy that has proven the critics wrong by netting a hat-trick when it really matters the most
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Maredo Oct 13, 2017 04:51 AM
This player is the best player in the history of the game. Non scores so simply. His unbelievable. Its like he was born with a soccer ball on his feet. No defender cherishes facing Messi. He may be compared with Maradona n Pele but non ever played under Messis conditions. Now the game is fair n field of play are good. All teams are there competng n players are well trained from childhood. Thus to me Messi is the God of football. Ronald is the 2nd in command. CR7 is a hard worker. He doesnt have Messis talent but through hard work he challenges the Argentina

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