As Lionel Messi prepares to play in the World Cup final, we test your knowledge of the Argentine playmaker — and the other players with a claim to be the GOAT.
1) What year was Messi born in?
2) What year did Messi make his competitive Barcelona debut?
3) Who did Messi make his Argentina debut against?
4) Which of these things happened on Messi’s international debut?
- He scored a penalty
- He scored a brace
- He was sent off
- He provided an assist
5) How many children does Messi have?
6) Including tomorrow’s match, how many finals has Messi played in for Argentina? (World Cup & Copa America)
7) Which country has Messi scored the most goals against?
8) How many goals did Messi score for Barcelona?
9) Messi won the Olympic men’s football Gold Medal in 2008. Who did Argentina beat in the final?
- Ivory Coast
10) Messi scored his first World Cup goal against which country?
- The Netherlands
- Serbia and Montenegro
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
11) Who has scored the most World Cup goals out of the four?
12) Who has won the European Cup/Champions League the most times?
13) Who has played in the fewest number of World Cup games?
14) Who has won the most top-flight league titles?
15) Who is the only one to score in a World Cup final?
16) Who is the only one of the four to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League?
17) Who has scored the most goals for a single club?
18) Who has scored the most international goals?
19) Who is the only one to have played their club football in two different capital cities?
20) Who is the only one to have scored in the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals of the World Cup?
21) How many penalties has Messi taken at this World Cup (including shootouts)?
22) Messi has failed to score in just one game at this World Cup – who was that match against?
- Saudi Arabia
23) How many goals and assists does Messi total at this World Cup?
24) How many of Messi’s goals at this World Cup have come in the first half of matches?
25) How many Man of the Match awards has Messi won in Qatar?
26) In what position in the penalty shootout against the Netherlands did Messi take his kick?
27) Messi will break whose record for the most World Cup games played when he appears in tomorrow’s final?
- Miroslav Klose
- Paolo Maldini
- Lothar Matthaus
28) Messi has led his country to the final in Qatar, but how many World Cup finals have Argentina played in (including 2022)?
29) Against Croatia, Messi became the outright top scorer for Argentina at the World Cup — whose total did he surpass?
- Mario Kempes
- Diego Maradona
- Gabriel Batistuta
- Guillermo Stabile
30) How many times has Messi been substituted at this World Cup?
31) Who has never played in the same team as Messi?
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Gabriel Batistuta
- Yerry Mina
- Mark van Bommel
32) Who has never played in the same team as Messi?
- Juan Roman Riquelme
- Sergio Ramos
33) Who has never played in the same team as Messi?
34) Who has never played in the same team as Messi?
- Mauricio Pochettino
- Javier Zanetti
- Lilian Thuram
- Rafael Marquez
35) Who has never played in the same team as Messi?
- Roberto Ayala
- Henrik Larsson
- Edgar Davids
- Martin Palermo
36) “To watch ? is a pleasure – like having an orgasm, an incredible pleasure.”
37) “Once they said they can only stop me with a pistol. You need a machine gun to stop ?”
38) “What Zinedine Zidane could do with a ball, ? could/can do with an orange.”
39) “? is exceptional. When you watch him, you feel there’s a child inside him and he is making some childhood dream come true.”
40) “The best of the lot, no question. ? does things that God himself would doubt were possible.”