Barcelona legend Lionel Messi reached a major milestone by playing in his 1000th career game in Argentina’s World Cup Round of 16 clash with Australia in Al Rayyan.
And you just knew Messi was not going to be quiet in such a historic occasion. The GOAT did GOAT things by scoring his first-ever World Cup knockout stage goal to give the Albiceleste the lead late in the first half.
MESSI MAGIC ✨— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 3, 2022
That's the first knockout stage goal in Messi's FIFA World Cup career pic.twitter.com/wyzfdVfby3
️ "Messiiiiii! It had to be him!"— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 3, 2022
How many times have we seen that? 789. We've seen it 789 times.#BBCWorldCup #BBCFootball pic.twitter.com/EgGFBWUyUD
And it was about as Lionel Messi as a Lionel Messi goal gets. A perfect first touch in traffic inside the box and a left-footed low curler into the bottom corner? Feels like we’ve seen it hunders of times before. In fact, we actually have.