Messi has scored nine times in FIFA World Cup tournaments: once in 2006, four times in 2014, when he guided his team to the final, being awarded the Golden Ball for best player, once in 2018 and thrice in 2022.
The remainder of Messi's goals, 43, have come in friendlies.
Lionel Messi has scored nine goals in 23 matches at the FIFA World Cup, spanning five editions (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022).
Lionel Messi has netted 94 goals in 169 international matches in his career, making him the top goal scorer of all time for Argentina.
Diego Maradona (21 matches) and Uruguay 1930 Golden Boot winner Guillermo Stabile (four matches) have scored eight goals each.
Lionel Messi does have a considerably better goal-scoring record in FIFA World Cup qualifiers though, having netted 28 times in 60 appearances.
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