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Lionel Messi vs. France: Argentina star’s World Cup record vs French national team

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Just one obstacle stands between Lionel Messi and the World Cup win that would cement his legacy.

But he arguably could not have asked for a trickier matchup than a meeting with the reigning world champions France.

This is not the first time the two nations have met across their footballing history, or indeed during the career of Argentina’s No.10.

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So, what can we learn from their past encounters with and without Messi?

Lionel Messi vs France

Messi has faced France on just two occasions across his career, with one win and one defeat to his name.

Date Result Competition Messi mins Messi goals Messi assists
June 30, 2018 FRA 4-3 ARG World Cup 90 0 2
Feb 11, 2009 FRA 0-2 ARG Friendly 90 1 0

Messi best moments vs France

The highlight of Messi’s international meetings with France came when he netted his 11th international goal in a 2-0 friendly win in Marseille back in 2009.

That is in stark contrast to a devastating loss to the same opposition in the last World Cup, which came about despite Messi laying on two goals. 

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Argentina record vs. France

Argentina have faced France on 12 occasions overall, with three of those encounters coming at World Cups. Here is a full breakdown of their head-to-head record. 

Date Competition Result Scorers
June 30, 2018 World Cup
(Round of 16)
France 4
Argentina 3
Griezmann (13′-pen), Pavard (57′), Mbappe (64′, 68′); Di Maria (41′), Mercado (48′), Aguero (90′)
Feb 11, 2009 Friendly France 0
Argentina 2
Gutierrez (40′), Messi (83′)
Feb 7, 2007 Friendly France 0
Argentina 1
Saviola (15′)
Mar 26, 1986 Friendly France 2 Argentina 0 Ferreri (15′), Vercruysse (80′)
June 6, 1978 World Cup
(Group stages)
Argentina 2
France 1
Pasarella (45′- pen), Luque (73′); Platini (60′)
June 26, 1977 Friendly Argentina 0 France 0 N/A
May 18, 1974 Friendly France 0 Argentina 1 Kempes (22′)
June 25, 1972 Friendly Argentina 0 France 0 N/A
Jan 12, 1971 Friendly Argentina 2 France 0 Laraignee (4′ – pen), Madurga (75′)
Jan 8, 1971 Friendly Argentina 3 France 4 Brindisi (55′), Nicolau (73′), Laraignee (90′ – pen); Loubet (3′), Djorkaeff (50′ – pen), Lech (64′), Revelli (89′)
June 3, 1965 Friendly France 0 Argentina 0 N/A
July 15, 1930 World Cup
(Group stages)
Argentina 1
France 0
Monti (81′)


Credit: sportingnews.com

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