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Messi dethrones Maradona after record 22nd World Cup game for Argentina

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Lionel Messi erased Diego Maradona’s record FIFA World Cup appearances for Argentina with a 22nd match at the global football tournament on Wednesday.

Messi reached the landmark in the Group C game against Poland in Doha where Argentina had to avoid defeat in order not to be eliminated.

Maradona, who died two years ago, had played 21 World Cup games for Argentina and led them to the 1986 title.

Messi, 35, is playing in his fifth World Cup and is yet to lift the trophy, having lost in the 2014 final match to Germany.

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