Lionel Messi quiz: World Cup numbers, GOAT debate, false team-mates and quotes

As Lionel Messi prepares to play in the World Cup final, we test your knowledge of the Argentine playmaker – and other players who claim to be the goat.

Good luck!

1) What year was Messi born?

2) In what year did Messi play his first competitive game for Barcelona?

3) Who did Messi play his first match in Argentina against?

  • Hungary
  • Croatia
  • Brazil
  • Ecuador

4) Which of these events happened in Messi’s first national game?

  • He scored a penalty
  • He scored a goal
  • He was fired
  • He offered help

5) How many children does Messi have?

6) Including tomorrow’s game, how many finals has Messi played for Argentina? (World Cup and Copa America)

7) Which country has Messi scored the most goals?

8) How many goals did Messi score for Barcelona?

9) Messi won the Olympic men’s soccer gold medal in 2008. Who did Argentina beat in the final?

  • Nigeria
  • Brazil
  • Belgium
  • Ivory Coast

10) What country did Messi score his first goal in the World Cup?

  • Netherlands
  • Iran
  • Serbia and Montenegro
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
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11) Who scored the most goals among the four World Cup goals?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

12) Who has won the European Cup/Champions League the most times?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

13) Who has played in the least number of World Cup matches?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

14) Who has won the most Premier League titles?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

15) Who is the only person to score in the World Cup final?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

16) Who among these four has won the only UEFA Cup/Europa League?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

17) Who has scored the most goals for a club?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

18) Who has scored the most international goals?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

19) Who is the only person to have played his club football in two different capital cities?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

20) Who is the only person who has scored in the Round of 16, Quarter Finals and Semi Finals of the World Cup?

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  • Maradona
  • Ronaldo

21) How many penalties has Messi scored in this World Cup (including shootouts)?

22) Messi has only failed to score in one game at this World Cup – who was it against?

  • Australia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Poland
  • Mexico
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23) How many goals and assists does Messi score in this World Cup?

24) How many goals did Messi score in the first half of the World Cup?

25) How many man of the match awards has Messi won in Qatar?

26) In what position did Messi take his shot in the penalty shootout against the Netherlands?

27) Whose record will Messi break in the most World Cup games by appearing in the final tomorrow?

  • Miroslav Klose
  • Paolo Maldini
  • Lothar Matthews
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28) Messi has led his country to the final in Qatar, but how many World Cup finals has Argentina played in (including 2022)?

29) Against Croatia, Messi became Argentina’s top scorer at the World Cup – whose total did he surpass?

  • Mario Camps
  • Diego Maradona
  • Gabriel Batistuta
  • Guillermo Stabile

30) How many times has Messi been substituted in this World Cup?

31) Who has never played in the same team as Messi?

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Gabriel Batistuta
  • Yeri Mina
  • Mark van Bommel
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32) Who has never played with Messi in the same team?

  • Rivaldo
  • Juan Roman Riquelme
  • Sergio Ramos
  • Nolito

33) Who has never played in the same team as Messi?

34) Who has never played with Messi in the same team?

  • Mauricio Pochettino
  • Javier Zanetti
  • Lillian Thuram
  • Rafael Marquez

35) Who has never played with Messi in the same team?

  • Roberto Ayala
  • Henrik Larsson
  • Edgar Davids
  • Martin Palermo

36) “To watch? It’s a pleasure – like an orgasm, an incredible pleasure.”

37) “Once they said that they can stop me only with a pistol. Do you need a machine gun to stop?”

38) “What can Zinedine Zidane do with a ball?” I could / could do with an orange.

39) “? It’s exceptional when you watch him, you feel like there’s a child inside him and he’s fulfilling a childhood dream.”

40) “The best thing, without a doubt. ? He does things that God himself doubts.”



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