FIFA World Cup 2022
Discover all of the FIFA World Cup 2022 record-breaking events, statistics, and data from Qatar, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and others!
The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar is quickly approaching
This football competition, which runs from November 20 through December 18, will include 32 elite national teams from five confederations. With so many nations and actors involved, the chance to change history abounds.
With each passing game, new records are set, from Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning touch to Lionel Messi’s World Cup goals. Continue reading to find out which records have already been broken and the statistics that will make you the talk of any World Cup debate.
FIFA World Cup 2022: All results, scores, and standings
Cristiano Ronaldo: rewriting history
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in five FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, and 2022) when he converted a penalty in Portugal’s 3-2 win against Ghana in Group H. Ronaldo became the oldest player to score for Portugal at the World Cup on November 24, at the age of 37 years and 292 days.
He also holds the record for being the youngest player to score for his country in the 2006 World Cup, at the age of 21 years and 132 days. Ronaldo joined Lionel Messi, Lothar Matthäus, Antonio Carbajal, and Rafael Márquez as the only players to participate in five FIFA World Cups as he took the field against Ghana in Qatar.
Eight Qatar stadiums will host the Middle East’s first football extravaganza in 2022, according to FIFA.
Argentina’s record-breaker, Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi became Argentina’s first player to score in four World Cups (2006, 2014, 2018 and 2022) with a penalty in an opening-round defeat to Saudi Arabia. He outperforms fellow countrymen Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, and 1994) and Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, and 2002), who each scored in three tournaments.
It was also his 92nd goal in an Argentine jersey. Neymar, Karim Benzema, Son Heung-min, and the rest of the FIFA World Cup 2022 injury list
Gavi is Spain’s young history-maker
No.9 in Spain Gavi became the first player born in 2004 to score a goal in Qatar as his team defeated Costa Rica 7-0 in the tournament opener.
That win also holds the record for the most goals scored by Spain in a single FIFA World Cup 2022 match.
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Olivier Giroud: France’s all-time leading goalscorer?
Olivier Giroud, 36, matched Thierry Henry’s all-time goal scoring record for France with two goals in France’s opening 4-1 triumph against Australia (51).
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Saudi Arabia ends Argentina’s winning run
Argentina arrived in Qatar undefeated in 36 games, making them one of the favorites to win the whole tournament. That streak, however, was ended by the tournament’s second-lowest rated team, Saudi Arabia, who beat Argentina 2-1 at the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Inaki and Nico Williams are the first siblings
On November 24, Inaki Williams of Ghana and Nico Williams of Spain created FIFA World Cup 2022 history by becoming the first complete siblings to play for separate nations in the FIFA World Cup.