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Records continue to tumble as Lionel Messi sets all-time World Cup benchmark and equals Maradona feat

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Another pair of remarkable statistics – highlighting the brilliance of Argentine icon Lionel Messi on world football’s biggest stage – have surfaced late on Saturday evening.The name of veteran attacker Messi, of course, has taken its place centre stage in the headlines once more tonight.This comes owing to the latest vintage performance put forth by the 35-year-old.Argentina marked their return to action a short time ago, facing off with Australia with a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup up for grabs.And, when all was said and done, despite a late scare, the Albiceleste did enough to emerge triumphant, keeping alive the nation’s dream of emulating Diego Maradona and the national heroes of years gone by.The aforementioned Messi, meanwhile, for his part proved the undisputed star of the show, dazzling en route to a goal, and what would have been a number of assists if not for the alarming profligacy of Lautaro Martinez.Nevertheless, the latest creative clinic put on by Argentina’s main man saw him join some altogether illustrious company in the nation’s history books.As per statisticians Squawka, Messi tonight levelled Diego Maradona as the player with the most chances ever created at the World Cup finals, with 67.Not only that, but, after seeing his efforts recognised with the Man of the Match award at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner also become the player with the most such accolades in the history of world football’s biggest international tournament:Netherlands 3-1 United States: Match report, player ratings, expert analysis, fan reaction and morePele moved to end of life care as he battles against cancer

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