How many goals has Lionel Messi scored in the World Cup? The Argentina captain has netted four goals so far, and has assisted on a further 304. As of this writing, Messi has scored against every team he has faced three times or more. Here’s a look at some of the key statistics that make him an invaluable player. A few of his best goals have come against the Netherlands, England, and Croatia.nLionel Messi has scored 787 goals for club and countrynAs of the 2022-23 season, Messi has scored 480 goals for his club team. This is just 17 less than Ronaldo’s record of 544 goals for the same competition. With that record, Messi now sits one hat trick behind the Argentinean legend. The world’s leading scorer has also scored 604 goals in all competitions.nAt the World Cup, Messi surpassed himself in many categories. In addition to the 787 goals he has scored for club and country, he is also the best in one-on-one dribbles attempted, shots, and chances created. And he has dominated at the European Championships, having won four titles and the French Cup. That record alone is enough to earn him the title of best player in the World Cup.nAlthough he was disappointing in his debut season in Paris, Messi has now reached the seven-figure mark in the tournament. A 5-0 victory over Estonia, his first World Cup game since the ‘Panenka’ penalty, means that Messi is the most prolific player in the history of the competition. Estonia ranked 109th in the FIFA world rankings, making Messi’s performance all the more remarkable.nAt the age of 29, Messi has won his 35th major trophy, the Ligue 1 title. Argentina reached the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after a 0-0 draw against their rivals Brazil. Argentina had not lost a game in 26 matches before that match and has remained unbeaten through six games into 2022. And if the final doesn’t come sooner, Messi will have had his last chance at a World Cup title with Argentina.nCristiano Ronaldo was the second highest goal scorer in the World Cup after Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward scored 111 goals in 180 matches. Cristiano Ronaldo is the only other player to reach this level in three different leagues. Messi’s UEFA Champions League record is 658 goals and 118 assists, and he has played more games in the World Cup than any other player.nHe has scored four goals in the World CupnLionel Messi has made an impact at the World Cup. He has scored four goals in as many World Cup matches, most recently scoring in the 65th minute of Argentina’s 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the opening match of the tournament. After this, Messi had gone six games without scoring at the World Cup, but his early goal against Nigeria changed that. Previously, Messi had gone seven matches without a goal in the World Cup.nBoth Messi and Ronaldo have played in four World Cups and they both have four goals each. However, Messi has been closer to winning an international honour with Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Messi netted four goals in seven games, while Ronaldo scored two goals and two assists in his four World Cup appearances. Both Messi and Ronaldo have the most World Cup goals, but Messi has a slight edge over his teammate in the goals department.nOn his debut at the 2006 World Cup, Messi scored against Serbia. The Argentines went on to win the game 6-0. However, Messi looked limited during the knockout stage. Argentina also needed an early goal from Higuain to knock out Belgium. Then, in the Round of 16, Argentina played Mexico in the World Cup’s last-16. In that game, Messi had more shots than the Mexican team and Argentina won 2-1 in extra time.nIn the 2014 World Cup, Messi scored four goals, despite his lacklustre performance against Iceland. He missed a penalty and was heavily marked. In the last round, Argentina crashed out after losing 4-2 to eventual champions France. After the game, Messi missed a penalty and scored only one goal. This is an impressive achievement for a player with such talent. Messi’s goal-scoring ability and concentration make him one of the best players in the history of the sport.nAt age 18, Messi scored against Serbia and Montenegro in the FIFA World Cup. He now has eight hat-tricks for his international career. He has also scored four goals against Bolivia. In June 2022, Messi scored five goals in an international game against Estonia. Those are impressive stats that can only increase his popularity. The World Cup will be Argentina’s biggest competition in recent history.nHe has assisted on 304 goalsnLionel Messi has set a number of records over his career, including the most goals scored in a single tournament. With 304 goals in the World Cup, Messi is a leading player on the list of the greatest players ever. His prolific scoring has won him countless awards, including the Ballon d’Or. In addition to setting goals, Messi is also one of the best passers in the world. With so many goals and assists, it’s no surprise that he has become one of the most important players in the history of the sport.nHis career totals are even more impressive. Since the start of his career, Messi has scored 304 goals and assisted on 304 others. His goal versus Uruguay in the 2006 World Cup was arguably the most memorable, and many fans point to that goal as a defining moment in Barcelona’s history. Although Messi is still relatively young, it’s hard to see him stopping anytime soon.nHis stats are not entirely a coincidence. Messi is arguably more effective with Argentina than with any other team, which explains his high goal scoring rate. His attacking play consists of dribbling, shooting, creating chances, and working off the ball. While his World Cup goal totals may seem impressive, it’s important to remember that football players’ productivity usually begins to decline at the age of 30. Only a handful of players have scored twenty or more goals beyond their mid-thirties.nThe number of game-winning goals is important, as it indicates the impact of a goal on a match. Both Messi and Ronaldo have scored game-winning goals, but their total numbers are different. In terms of game-winners, Ronaldo has sunk eighty-seven goals and Messi has scored 304. As a comparison, Messi has accounted for 13 per cent of all game-winners in the World Cup, while Ronaldo has accounted for nine percent.nHe has scored against all teams he has faced 3 or more timesnWhile at Barcelona, Lionel Messi has won all he has played for, including the league title. But the star has also found success away from the club, scoring more than 530 goals in over 620 games for his country. In fact, he has not yet scored against 11 teams. But that may be about to change as he is reportedly planning on kicking off the Copa America tournament with a goal against Argentina.nThe first time Messi played against Brazil was in a friendly match back in 2006 in London. It was a 3-0 loss for Brazil, and Messi was injured in the match. But the following year, in the Copa America final, Argentina lost to Brazil 3-1. Thankfully, they won their next game against Argentina, in which Messi scored twice. In the 2018 World Cup qualifier, Argentina beat Ecuador 4-3.nApart from these teams, Messi has not scored against Benfica, Liverpool or Internazionale. These teams are among the most difficult opponents to score against, but the Argentine has made them look easy. In the Champions League, Messi has only failed to score against the same team three times. Similarly, his unbeaten run against Arsenal and Paris is at its lowest point.nDespite these odds, Messi is still a major force in the world of football. As the all-time leading scorer in the world, the Argentinean has played 153 times for his country. However, he has not yet managed to score against Brazil in an official tournament. In spite of his talent and exemplary record against Brazil, the two nations have a history of great rivalry.nThe goal that Messi will score against France is not likely to come today, but he has already produced two assists against the French in the World Cup. The two French talisman did not score in the tournament, and this is due to the fact that French central defenders know how to control Messi. Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti are largely responsible for that. However, Messi still managed to split two defenders in the 80th minute and hit a right-footed volley deep into the French territory.nIf you were to ask a football fan why Ronaldinho wasn’t called up for the FIFA World Cup 2010, they would most likely tell you that he did not meet the criteria. Ronaldinho was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil on March 21st, 1980 and played beach volleyball and futsal when he was young. He developed an interest in regular football later in life. At the age of 13, Ronaldinho was spotted as a rising star. At thirteen, his local team defeated another team 23-0 and he scored all of the goals. He was then selected for the under seventeen world cup in Egypt and scored two penalty kicks in the championship game.nRonaldinho’s careernAfter signing a contract with French club Paris Saint-Germain, Ronaldinho began to make his mark internationally. At the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, he tied for the most goals and was adjudged the tournament’s best player. In 2001, he moved to France, signing with French team PSG. In 2002, he helped Brazil win the World Cup. In his first international tournament, he was not called up to the national team. However, he was invited to play for Brazil’s under-17 team, where he was named the best player in the competition. In the final, he scored the game-winning goal against Germany.nAfter being denied a place on the Brazilian national team, Ronaldinho’s career took a sudden turn. Despite a number of offers, he declined the offer. In 2008, Barcelona offered him a contract extension, which would have paid him PS85 million over nine years. But he did not accept it, and he returned to FC Barcelona in 2010.nHowever, this summer, he made his debut in the league for PSG, coming on as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Mexico. Afterwards, he played a pivotal role in Brazil’s 3-0 win over Uruguay. After the World Cup, he stayed with the club for a season, but he returned to the Selecao for the Confederations Cup in France.nAs one of the most gifted players of all time, the Brazilian football team failed to call Ronaldinho for the World Cup. Ronaldinho’s lack of call-up at the last minute has left many fans wrung-out. Many people are angry that he didn’t play in the World Cup and is now suffering the consequences for his lack of selection. And while this situation is disappointing, it’s not the end of the world for the Brazilian national team.nHis international careernOne of the most notable omissions from the Brazilian national team squad is the exclusion of Ronaldinho from the World Cup squad. Although Brazil reached the semi-finals in South Africa, Argentina and Germany, they were unable to qualify for the World Cup, leaving the club star out of the squad. The decision to not call up Ronaldinho for the 2010 World Cup led to a storm of criticism that the team was moving away from their classic attacking style of play. After the tournament, Ronaldinho was called back to the Brazilian squad under new coach Mano Menezes.nThough he was named the World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, Ronaldinho has been on a poor form with AC Milan this season. However, the Brazilian manager has opted to select another young player, Kleberson, for the World Cup. Dunga left out Santos duo Paulo Henrique and Neymar, saying they failed to impress him in international duty.nAfter his Copa America debut in 1998, Ronaldinho was called up for the senior team. He scored three goals in nine games and helped Brazil to third place in the competition. He also played in the FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria in 1999 and helped Gremio to the final. In 1999, he scored the first goal for Brazil in their group match against Uruguay. The following year, he helped Gremio win the inaugural Copa Sul-Minas.nWhile the Brazilian national team did not call him up for the FIFA World Cup 2010, he has been busy chasing success in Europe and Brazil. Ronaldinho has won the Brazilian league several times and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever. However, he has not played at the FIFA World Cup due to his poor performance in Europe. He has since returned home and played for Atletico Mineiro.nIn 2006, he was chosen to the UEFA Team of the Year. In the Champions League, he assisted Ludovic Giuly to score his first ever overhead bicycle kick. In the 2006 Club World Cup, Ronaldinho scored one goal against Club America in the 4-0 win over the hosts. The team lost to Internacional in the final and Ronaldinho was awarded the Bronze Ball.nHis contract with Atletico MadridnAfter the 2008 season ended in disarray, Ronaldinho decided to leave Barcelona and join Italian club A.C. Milan. Unfortunately for the former Barcelona star, his time in Italy was less than stellar. His lackluster performance at Milan saw him left out of the Brazilian World Cup squad. While he is expected to return to Atletico in the near future, his contract with Atletico Madrid looks far from over.nAfter a stellar youth career in Brazil, Ronaldinho finally achieved his dream of joining FC Barcelona. At the club, he won the coveted No. 10 jersey. This legendary number was worn by the team’s most creative player. His dazzling play led him to win back-to-back FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2004 and 2005. His success with Atletico led to his selection in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. As part of the Brazilian team, Ronaldinho was not only a star at the World Cup, but he was also the player to win the award for the best player in the tournament.nThe news of Ronaldinho’s recall has shocked the Spanish media. Atletico’s new manager, Jose Mourinho, has refused to explain why he isn’t playing at the World Cup. Ronaldinho had to wait until the World Cup to compete for the Selecao. The club’s fans, however, welcomed the news and voted for the Brazilian star for Footballer of the Year. However, the move to Atletico was a great way for the club to increase its profile.nThe news that Ronaldinho’s Atletico Madrid contract was not renewed does not help his chances at the World Cup. Rijkaard left Ronaldinho out of his squad despite the fact that the Brazilian captain had snubbed him in the squad in April 2009. Since then, the Brazilian star has been playing for AC Milan. It is not clear if he will be called up again.nThe decision to restrain Ronaldinho from playing in the FIFA World Cup came as a surprise to many fans, but the decision was the right one. The Brazilian national team was extremely disappointing in the tournament, finishing in the quarterfinals and without a single goal from Ronaldinho. The team lost to France in the quarterfinals. But that didn’t stop Ronaldinho from making an impact on the tournament.nHis selection in the FIFA World XInWith five Ballon d’Or awards to his name, Ronaldinho has earned himself a place in the FIFA World XI. A regular on the list, he is also the most prolific goal scorer in the competition, with 128 goals to his name, 14 more than Lionel Messi. But the Brazilian isn’t the only one to have been selected: Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o and Barcelona legend Gerard Pique have also made their way into the best XI. Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Neymar have all been included on occasions.nIn the past, if we were to look at the FIFA World XI, we would see Michael Jordan, Didier Drogba, and Antoine Griezmann in the team. But who are these players? What are their credentials and how did they get to this level? The XI is chosen from over 45,000 professional football players, and includes three goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders, and two outfield players. While it’s not a perfect selection, Ronaldinho is a worthy choice, and the team is already looking forward to his debut.nThe FIFA World XI is announced at the World Cup in Germany. It was the first time that two Brazilians have made consecutive appearances in the FIFA World XI. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have a history of making this team. They’ve been crowned FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008 and 2007, and won the award in their first appearances in the competition.nThere are plenty of reasons why the Brazilian has been chosen for the FIFA World XI. His stats and physical attributes are simply too impressive to ignore. And he was the star of the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championships. And he was just recently named in the Team of the Tournament at the 2004 Euros. He should be remembered as one of the greatest players of our generation, and for that, we should all be proud of him.nAlthough his selection was a controversial one, the reason is straightforward: the Brazilian soccer team lost to Brazil. Ronaldinho’s performance in that tournament was so good that his teammates voted him in the top XI. He also received the FIFPro World Player of the Year Award. This is the highest accolade for a player who’s consistently voted into the top ten of his profession.