Lionel Messi scored his eighth World Cup goal on Saturday to tie legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi, an Argentine football star, scored the historic goal during Saturday’s thrilling game against Mexico at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Argentina lost to Saudi Arabia last week, meaning the team would be eliminated if they lost to Mexico on Saturday. Messi’s goal propelled the team to a 2-0 lead for a win against Mexico, thrilling Argentine football fans.
The goal also means Messi has leveled Ronaldo, the Portuguese footballer who rose to fame as one of the most iconic footballers in the world. Ronaldo, who played for his home country’s team, scored his eighth goal against Ghana last week, making him the first male footballer to score in five World Cups.
Messi’s supporters celebrated his goal on social media on Saturday afternoon, where he became the most trending topic in the United States
“Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are now both tied with 8 World Cup goals!!! True icons and both legends forever!” Canadian Olympic soccer player Kaylyn Kyle tweeted.
“With that goal, Messi and Ronaldo are tied for @FIFAWorldCup career goals at 8,” tweeted journalist James Torrez, praising Messi and Ronaldo as “GOATs”, the acronym for “greatest of all time”.
“We are privileged to see such a genius in action. I will always admit that I am a CR7 fan, but it is an honor to watch Messi. We are in the last years of Messi and Ronaldo. Let’s enjoy them while they’re at it.” here,” podcast host Bobby Seagull tweeted.
The win moves Messi one goal closer to setting the record for most World Cup goals scored by a member of the Argentina national football team. The record is currently held by Gabriel Batistuta, who scored 10 goals in the 1994, 1998 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.
Who holds the record for most World Cup goals?
Messi and Ronaldo have emerged as two of the world’s most famous footballers, but neither hold the record for the most World Cup goals.
German footballer Miroslav Klose currently holds the record for most World Cup goals scored by an individual player. Klose scored 16 goals while playing in the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments before retiring from playing in the FIFA World Cup.
Second place is held by Ronaldo, who has scored 15 World Cup goals. The top three is completed by West German Gerd Müller, who scored 14 times during tournaments in the 1970s.
News Week contacted Messi’s spokespersons for comment.