A World Cup of records: From Lionel Messi to Lusail - The milestones that were set in Qatar 2022

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The Qatar 2022 World Cup was a unique celebration of the beautiful game that saw the marquee tournament being held in the months of November and December for the first time in its history.

Moreover, it was a 'compact' World Cup which meant that all eight stadiums were based in and around Qatar's capital city of Doha which allowed a fan to watch multiple games in a single day; once again a first in history.

If Qatar was rewriting history off-the-pitch then Lionel Messi was busy setting records on the pitch. The Argentine skipper was in stellar form throughout the competition to propel the Albicelester to their third global crown after a gap of 36 years.

GOAL takes a look at some of the exciting records that were either matched or set in the 2022 World Cup.