Lionel Messi has set yet another record as he became the player with the most appearances at a World Cup following his involvement in Sunday’s final against France.
German international Matthaus played a five tournaments for Germany, beginning in 1982 and finishing in 1998, which included victory over Argentina in the 1990 final. Messi’s first appearance came in the 2006 tournament as a teenager set a new record of 26 appearances at the finals.
Messi announced that this will be his last World Cup at the age of 35. His best effort to date was his final appearance eight years ago, but Argentina were undone by Germany in extra-time.