Incredible Records Broken in Memorable 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Incredible Records Broken in Memorable 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:20 PM
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  • Besides the well-documented off-field distractions, the 2022 FIFA World Cup was an impressive one on the field of play
  • While the usual suspects were involved in the business end of the competition, it was a tournament of upsets and newly broken ground
  • Along the way, a catalogue of long-standing records fell as history unfolded before the eyes of spectators at stadiums and viewers at home

Records were broken frequently during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Sports Brief compiled a list - likely to increase - as the dust settles after an impressive tournament in the Middle East.

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Cristiano Ronald, Lionel Messi and Neymar were among the records in Qatar. Image source: Getty Images.
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Pele's record is matched by Neymar

Pele's magical haul of 77 international goals for Brazil was matched by Neymar with his ill-fated goal against Croatia.

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Wayne Rooney is tied by Harry Kane

Harry Kane joined Wayne Rooney as England's all-time top goal scorer with 53 strikes.

Ronaldo breaks another record

A difficult tournament for Cristiano Ronaldo was brightened by the fact that he became the first player to score in five different World Cups.

African record falls by the wayside

Punishing Belgium and Panama in 2018 and France in 2022, Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri became the first African player to score in three successive World Cup starts.

Muntari cements his place in Qatari sporting history

Qatar's first-ever World Cup goal was scored by Mohammed Muntari in the 1-3 loss to Senegal

Messi plays and scores in a milestone match

Only Lionel Messi could play in and score in the 1 000th match of his career, with Australia getting the honour.

Morocco makes African World Cup history

After first participating in the 1934 world cup, Africa's first participant in the tournament's semifinals only came in 2022 thanks to Morocco. It took 88 frustrating years for this to happen.

Mbappe matches Ronaldo in goal-scoring frenzy

In 2002, Brazil's Ronaldo scored the most goals in a world cup tournament with eight. Kylian Mbappe equaled this impressive record in the Middle East.

Ramos makes debutant history

Miroslav Klose scored a hat-trick in his first-ever World Cup match in 2002 against Saudi Arabia. Portugal's Goncalo Ramos was the next player to achieve this feat.

King Henry hands the crown over to Giroud

Olivier Giroud became France's leading goal scorer with 53 goals after his efforts in Qatar, overtaking the great Thierry Henry with 51.

Bounou makes African clean sheet history behind the Moroccan wall

Yassine Bounou blanked Croatia, Spain and Portugal, becoming the first African goalkeeper to achieve three clean sheets in a world cup.

Scaloni proves that managers can achieve success while young

At the age of 39, Argentina's Lionel Scaloni became the fifth youngest manager to win the world cup. Ironically, compatriot Cesar Luis Menotti was the same age when he led Albiceleste to the trophy at their home tournament in 1978.

World Cup 2022: Qatar World Cup the highest scoring of all time

The Qatar 2022 World Cup is arguably regarded as the best World Cup tournament ever played following the numerous records that have been broken in the competition.

The tournament which was eventually won by Argentina after they defeated defending champions France in the final via penalties, set the record for the most goals scored in a FIFA World Cup.

Qatar World Cup most searched on Google

Sports Brief earlier reported that Google recorded its highest-ever traffic in 25 years, during the 2022 FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France.

NDTV said that Google CEO, Sundar Pichai confirmed the company’s latest achievement in a tweet after he insinuated the entire world seemed to be watching the Mundial final.

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