Lionel Messi may need executed virtually every part in his enjoying profession, however for some time there was one space the place Rio Ferdinand had him beat.
Messi scored Argentina’s first two targets of the 2022 World Cup, putting away a penalty against Saudi Arabia and breaking the impasse in a 2-0 victory over Mexico. As he ready to face Australia within the final 16, although, his failure to attain a World Cup knockout aim got here into focus.
Ferdinand, then again, scored in his very first World Cup knockout sport. The centre-back was on course in opposition to Denmark in 2002, and he was fast to remind Gary Lineker of that truth… just for Messi to then reply inside 45 minutes in opposition to the Socceroos.
“It’s fascinating that neither he nor Ronaldo – Cristiano Ronaldo I ought to say – have ever scored in a World Cup knockout levels,” Match of the Day host Lineker mentioned, earlier than turning to Ferdinand’s fellow pundit Alan Shearer. “However to be sincere Alan if it was that simple we’d have greater than seven between us!”
“Simply so you already know I’ve as properly,” Ferdinand added, prompting acknowledgement from Lineker. “I’ve executed one thing they haven’t executed, that’s unbelievable.”
Ferdinand scored simply three targets in 81 senior worldwide appearances, however a kind of was in a World Cup knockout sport. He opened the scoring in a 3-0 win for England in opposition to Denmark in a last-16 conflict in Niigata in 2002, having been an unused sub for all of England’s video games 4 years earlier.
That aim would find yourself being the one one Ferdinand scored in any main match. His different efforts each got here greater than 5 years later, in qualifiers for Euro 2008 and for the 2010 World Cup.
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Whereas Messi went into the 2022 World Cup with out a knockout aim to his title, he has scored a lot within the group levels. He scored on the 2006, 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and had 93 senior worldwide targets to his title on the finish of the group levels in Qatar.
He has advised the match in Qatar could be his final, that means each Argentina sport could possibly be his last alternative to web a knockout aim. After failing to attain a knockout aim in 4 World Cups, although, he beat Mat Ryan 10 minutes earlier than the break with a well-placed end from the sting of the field handy Argentina the lead.
Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021, serving to him win Ligue 1 in his first season. The 2020 Champions League finalists wish to win the competitors for the primary time this season, although the veteran’s long term future on the Parc des Princes is unsure with stories of talks over an Inter Miami change.
“I like Paris much more now, I’ve found town and I discover it magnificent,” he said earlier this year. “Within the first yr, there was an enormous change.
“Issues occurred very all of the sudden, it was not my goal to go away Barcelona, and every part about it was very abrupt. After this lengthy interval and the troublesome occasions, I’m completely satisfied to reside the place I reside, and my household and I are having fun with Paris.”