Lionel Messi put Argentina ahead in the World Cup final
After putting Argentina ahead against France in Sunday’s final, Lionel Messi became the first player in World Cup history to score in every stage of a single tournament.
After Ousmane Dembele felled Angel Di Maria, the Argentina captain calmly sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute.
Messi is the first player in World Cup history to score in the group stage, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final.
The Paris Saint-Germain attacker also became the first player in finals history to have 20 direct goal involvements (12 goals, eight assists), and no player has scored or assisted in more different matches (14) than the 35-year-old, whose remarkable season showed no signs of fading.