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6 Facts about the 2022 World Cup, the curse of the reigning champion to the potential for Messi and Ronaldo’s records
The Qatar 2022 World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022. This event will be the 22nd edition of the biggest football party in the world.
There are a number of interesting facts that are likely to happen at the 2022 World Cup. Such as the records that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have the chance to create.
In addition, there are also facts about the curse of the reigning World Cup champion. Where the team labeled as defending champions often becomes the patient in the next edition.
Here are six facts about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which published a number of data on the official FIFA website:
1. Lionel Messi breaks Maradona’s record
Lionel Messi has the opportunity to break Diego Maradona’s record for appearances at the World Cup. Messi needed just two games to match Maradona’s record 21 appearances.
2. Messi can set the record for most appearances
If Argentina reached the Qatar 2022 World Cup final, and Messi played seven games regularly, La Pulga would equal Germany legend Lothar Matthaus’ record 26 World Cup appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo aka CR has always scored goals in four editions of the World Cup. Matched the record of Pele (Brazil National Team), Uwe Seeler (West German National Team), and Miroslav Klose (German National Team). If Ronaldo scores at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he will be the only player to score in five editions of the World Cup.
4. Deschamps the coach that appears most often
Didier Deschamps is the coach with the most appearances at the World Cup.
5. The curse of the champion does not qualify in the group stage
In the last three editions of the World Cup, the reigning champions have often been cursed with being eliminated in the group stage. They are Italy (2006 World Cup champions, eliminated at the 2010 World Cup), Spain (2010 World Cup champions, eliminated at the 2014 World Cup), and Germany (2014 World Cup champions, eliminated at the 2018 World Cup).
6. Qatar is the first Middle East country to host
Previously, there had never been a Middle Eastern country that hosted it, although it regularly sent representatives to the World Cup such as Saudi Arabia and Iran.