Why Lionel Messi hasn’t won a World Cup: Explaining how the biggest trophy of all has escaped Argentina star

No player has played more football in the World Cup than Lionel Messi.

The Argentinian icon has played in five rounds of this tournament and has scored more goals than his compatriots in the finals. But he reached Qatar 2022 and is yet to win football’s biggest prize.

Hailed as one of the best players to ever grace the game, Messi has won almost every team and individual trophy in his possession during his illustrious career.

Hopes that he would inspire Argentina at the World Cup, as Mario Campes did in 1978 and Diego Maradona did in 1986, were dashed in Messi’s first four tournaments. Qatar 2022 represents a final chance.

As he looks to exit the World Cup in glory, sports news has been discussing how the famous trophy has so far eluded Messi’s grasp.

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Why has Lionel Messi never won the World Cup?

Since his first appearance at the World Cup at the age of 18, Messi has played in 5 consecutive editions of the tournament but is yet to win.

As Argentina prepare to face France in Messi’s last shot at a World Cup title, his history in the competition will no doubt have an impact on the match.

Messi at the 2006 World Cup: A desperate substitution

After making his international debut against Hungary in August 2005 and helping Argentina qualify for the World Cup, Messi was included in Germany coach Jose Peckermann’s squad in 2006.

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Despite establishing himself as a star player with Barcelona last season, Messi was among the substitutes as Argentina got off to a winning start against Ivory Coast.

His World Cup debut came in the next match, a 6–0 win over Serbia and Montenegro, in which he assisted Argentina’s fourth goal and scored Argentina’s sixth goal, becoming the sixth youngest scorer in World Cup history.

Messi started in a goalless draw against the Netherlands and came on in Argentina’s 2-1 round of 16 win over Mexico, but was not used as a substitute as Germany beat Albi 4-1 on penalties. He removed Celeste from the competition. 1 draw in Berlin

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Messi in the 2010 World Cup: Deja vu quarter finals

Despite having won La Liga four times with Barcelona, ​​Messi arrived at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and endured a qualifying campaign in which Argentina failed to impress.

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His return to four goals in 18 qualifying games was limited by manager Diego Maradona playing him out of position, but in the tournament itself, Maradona deployed Messi in his preferred role behind the two strikers and he shone as Argentina He won all three of his group games. .

A 3-1 win over Mexico in the round of 16 saw Argentina clash with old foes Germany, but once again Die Mannschaft knocked Albi Celeste out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage, this time in an emphatic 4-0 victory. .

Messi in the World Cup 2014: the first final

Messi entered the 2014 World Cup in mixed form after a disappointing domestic season with Barcelona, ​​but quickly dispelled any doubts about his fitness as captain by scoring all three of Argentina’s group stage victories.

Angel Di Maria’s extra-time winner in the round of 16 against Switzerland was assisted by Messi, and the Argentina number 10 helped his side send Belgium and the Netherlands to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990.

There they faced Germany once again and the result was another defeat for Argentina as Messi missed several chances to score before Mario Gotze’s stoppage time goal gave Joachim Low’s men a 1-0 win.

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Messi at the 2018 World Cup: Mbappe canceled

Argentina were on the brink of a disastrous group stage exit at Russia 2018 when Messi scored a superb opening goal in a 2-1 win over Nigeria to send them through to the knockout stages.

In the Round of 16, Argentina faced France and Messi assisted Gabriel Mercado in the 48th minute to make it 2-1.

But France rallied and after Benjamin Pavard scored a spectacular equaliser, tournament star Kylian Mbappe scored a brace to give France a 4-3 victory.

Messi and Mbappe will go head-to-head once again on Sunday as two of the world’s best players look to write another chapter in World Cup history, but only one of them will win the game’s most prized prize.

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