Lionel Messi World Cup goals: How many goals has the Argentine star scored in FIFA’s showcase tournament?

Despite being one of the greatest players of all time, football icon Lionel Messi has yet to win the World Cup – a situation he is keen to change at the 2022 edition in Qatar.

At 35, Paris Saint-Germain and Argentinian talisman Messi could see the tournament as his last chance to repeat the exploits of Pele and Diego Maradona by lifting the famous Jules Rimet trophy.

Messi has appeared in four World Cups and came closest to winning the tournament in Brazil in 2014 when Argentina were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the final.

Here’s a look at the goals the modern-day grandmaster scored in those finals and the others he’s played during his prolific career.

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Lionel Messi World Cup goals

The perennial top scorer of former club Barcelona is known for appearing on the big stage – he is a regular in the UEFA Champions League – but has never scored after the World Cup round of 16.

Messi has scored a total of six goals in 19 finals matches and has netted at least once in all the tournaments he has appeared in.

World Championship stage eliminated games Goals
2006 quarter finals 3 1
2010 quarter finals 5 0
2014 final 7 4
2018 round of 16 4 1

Lionel Messi World Cup Goal Highlights

From opening his account in a loss to scoring match winners, Messi’s highlights at the World Cup are one to savor.

Germany 2006 group stage matchday 2

Eight days before his 21st birthday, Messi became Argentina’s youngest-ever goalscorer at the finals with a wonderful goal two minutes from time in front of a celebrating Maradona.

  • Opponent: Serbia and Montenegro
  • goal minute: 88
  • Goalkeeper: Dragoslav Jevric
  • Score at time of goal: 5-0
  • end result: 6-0

Brazil 2014 group stage matchday 1

After failing to score in 2010 in a run that ended in a 4-0 defeat by Germany in the 2010 quarter-finals, Messi struck four years later in the opening game in Brazil.

  • Opponent: Bosnia Herzegovina
  • goal minute: 65
  • Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic
  • Score at time of goal: 1-0
  • end result: 2-1

Brazil 2014 group stage matchday 2

Argentina’s underdog opponents came painfully close to a famous result before Messi intervened with a long-range shot in added time to give his country another three points in dramatic fashion.

  • Opponent: Iran
  • goal minute: 90+1
  • Goalkeeper: Alireza Haghighi
  • Score at time of goal: 0-0
  • end result: 1-0

Brazil 2014 group stage matchday 3

Messi netted a rebound to give Argentina an early lead in the tournament’s second group stage game, although they conceded just a minute later.

  • Opponent: Nigeria
  • goal minute: 3
  • Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyama
  • Score at time of goal: 0-0
  • end result: 3-2

Brazil 2014 group stage matchday 3

A 25-metre free-kick was Messi’s choice and Argentina’s goals as they held off opponents who, despite losing, equalized twice and qualified from their group.

  • Opponent: Nigeria
  • goal minute: 45+1
  • Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyama
  • Score at time of goal: 1-1
  • end result: 3-2

Russia 2018 group stage matchday 3

Messi put Argentina ahead with a skillful early run and goal, but they would have been eliminated had it not been for Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute winner.

  • Opponent: Nigeria
  • goal minute: 14
  • Goalkeeper: Franz Uzoho
  • Score at time of goal: 0-0
  • end result: 2-1

What is the record for most World Cup goals?

Where does Messi rank among the all-time top scorers at World Cups? The answer is shared 11th, along with the likes of Harry Kane – who can also add to his tally at the 2022 finals – Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry have also scored six goals.

Below we have listed the seven players who have scored more than 10 goals in World Cup tournaments.

player team Goals games tournaments
Miroslav Klose Germany 16 24 2002, 2006,
2010, 2014
ronaldo Brazil fifteen 19 1994, 1998,
2002, 2006
Gerd Müller Germany 14 13 1970, 1974
Fontaine only France 13 6 1958
pele Brazil 12 14 1958, 1962,
1966, 1970
Sandor Kocsis Hungary 11 5 1954
Jürgen Klinsmann Germany/West Germany 11 17 1990, 1994,


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