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World Cup: Messi breaks Maradona’s record with a goal against Australia

Argentina captain Lionel Messi on Saturday broke Diego Maradona’s record by scoring his ninth World Cup goal.

In his 1,000th career appearance, the 35-year-old scored his 789th goal.

It was also Messi’s first in the knockout stages of a World Cup.

His effort gave Argentina a 1-0 lead over Australia and put him one clear of Maradona’s compatriot Gabriel Batistuta.

Messi has scored in three separate World Cups before this year, but has yet to hit the net in a knockout match.

Now, after finding the target twice during the group stages, Messi has finally broken his duck in the knockout stages.

World Cup: Messi breaks Maradona’s record with a goal against Australia

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