The four records Lionel Messi broke for Argentina against Croatia and the two he has yet to add at this World Cup

LIONEL MESSI broke FOUR records in Argentina’s World Cup semi-final victory over Croatia.

The 35-year-old South American produced another notable performance as he scored a goal and assisted one to give his country a 3-0 win and secured them a place in Sunday’s final against either Morocco or France.

Lionel Messi scored the opener from the penalty spot against Croatia

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Lionel Messi scored the opener from the penalty spot against CroatiaCredit: AP
He was once again the star of the show for his country

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He was once again the star of the show for his countryCredit: AP

And while a World Cup triumph remains the only goal he really cares about in Qatar, the little magician is still breaking other records along the way.

FOUR of these were achieved in defeating Croatia, including becoming Argentina’s record goalscorer at the World Cup.

The first-half penalty kick puts him ahead of Gabriel Batistuta by 11 goals.

He also now holds the record for most assists by an Argentine at the World Cup.

His sensational run and pullback for Julian Alvarez takes his tally to nine, one more than Diego Maradona.

A third record comes after he scored and assisted against the Croatians.

That means he has it now scored and assisted in four World Cup games – the first player ever.

And the final record is that Messi is now that All-time record holder at the World Championships.

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He came into the tournament with 20 appearances but has now played 26 in every game en route to the finals.

He has eclipsed the previous record of 25 held by Germany’s Lothar Matthäus.

Messi had already set a new record in Qatar before the game against Croatia, when he became Argentina’s all-time record player at the World Cup.

Maradona had 21 but Messi only needed the games against Saudi Arabia and Mexico to overtake him.

There is one last record Messi would have had in mind coming to Qatar – although the chance of him breaking it was very slim.

His five goals in Qatar means he now has 11 at the World Cup, but he’s still five behind Miroslav Klose, the competition’s all-time top scorer who has 16.

And with Messi having just one game left at the 2022 edition, he needs SIX in the final to break the German’s record.

In the run-up to the Qatar tournament, he said: “It will probably be my last World Cup. I always felt good and comfortable, especially when I played a lot up until the start of the World Cup.

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“I didn’t do anything special, I took care of myself like I’ve done throughout my career.

“It will certainly be my last World Cup and my last opportunity to realize this big dream of winning the tournament.”

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