iHe has played 756 minutes in World Cup knockout matches since 2006, but has failed to score a single goal,National Daily learnt.
His goal against Nigeria ended a run of 662 minutes without a goal in the World Cup.
He has scored 50% of his World Cup goals against Nigeria (three of six).
Seven of the eight shots on target in Saturday’s match against France were scored, with the exception being Messi’s attempt in the 85th minute.
He had more shots than any other player in the first two group games (12) and failed to score with any of them.