How Lionel Messi’s major tournament record compares to Diego Maradona’s

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After several near misses, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has finally got his hands on an international trophy with Argentina. 

Messi helped his country beat Brazil in the 2021 Copa America final and was also named player of the tournament along with Neymar.

Using data from transfermarkt, we’ve compared his record at major international tournaments with Diego Maradona’s to see who comes out on top.

Lionel Messi

World Cup

Games: 19
Starts: 17
Sub appearances: 2

Goals: 6
Assists: 7
Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 270.8
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 270.8
Minutes per goal or assist: 125

Copa America

Games: 34
Starts: 31
Sub appearances: 3

Goals: 13
Assists: 17
Penalties scored: 3

Minutes per goal: 223.6
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 290.7
Minutes per goal or assist: 96.9

Total

Games: 53
Starts: 48
Sub appearances: 5

Goals: 19
Assists: 24
Penalties scored: 3

Minutes per goal: 238.5
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 283.2
Minutes per goal or assist: 105.3

Trophies won 1 (2021 Copa America)

Diego Maradona

World Cup

Games: 21
Starts: 21
Sub appearances: 0

Goals: 8
Assists: 8
Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 238.5
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 238.5
Minutes per goal or assist: 119.2

Copa America

Games: 12
Starts: 12
Sub appearances: 0

Goals: 4
Assists: 0
Penalties scored: 1

Minutes per goal: 270
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 360
Minutes per goal or assist: 270

Total

Games: 33
Starts: 33
Sub appearances: 0

Goals: 12
Assists: 8
Penalties scored: 1

Minutes per goal: 249
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 271.6
Minutes per goal or assist: 149.4

Trophies won: 1 (1986 World Cup)


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