Here are 4 selection records that could be broken by players during this 2022 World Cup.
The 2022 World Cup has already resulted in some remarkable records being set by some players. We list 4 records that could be equaled or beaten during this edition in Qatar.
Cristiano Ronaldo notably became the first male player to score in five World Cups after his goal against Ghana. Messi, meanwhile, became the first male player to provide an assist in five World Cups.
Most caps for the France team (142 games)
The most games played with the France team is one of the records that could be broken at the 2022 World Cup. It is currently held by former French international Lilian Thuram. The highly-rated defender has played a combined 142 games for the Blues during his international career.
However, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could match and set a new appearance record for France. The 35-year-old goalkeeper celebrated his 141st cap against Denmark on November 26. He is currently one game away from Thuram’s record for France.
Lloris could equal that record in the final Group D game against Tunisia. France have already secured their qualification for the round of 16. A new appearance of the goalkeeper would therefore establish a new record for the Blues.
Record of the top scorer in the history of France (51 goals)
Olivier Giroud has entered the history of the current World Cup. He has just equaled the record for the top scorer in the history of France against Australia.
The record was previously held by Thierry Henry. He scored a total of 51 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus. Giroud leveled Henry after netting a spectacular brace in France’s 4-1 win over Australia in the Group D opener. The 36-year-old striker could go a step further by breaking the joint goalscoring record marked.
France is currently qualified for the round of 16. He still has one match to play in Group D against Tunisia. This could leave enough time for Giroud to score at least one goal. He will thus be able to establish one of the new goal records for the Blues during this World Cup.
Record of the top scorer in the history of Brazil (77 goals)
Legendary Brazilian icon Pelé still holds the record for goals scored for Brazil. He still hung up his cleats several years ago. He scored a combined 77 goals in 92 appearances for the Seleçao. However, his long-standing record could be broken in Qatar. Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar Jr. is currently two goals behind the Brazilian legend.
The 30-year-old striker’s only major problem is his ankle injury. The player will not be able to participate in the remaining matches of the group stage in Qatar. Neymar should nevertheless return for the round of 16. Brazil have already qualified for the next round of the competition.
England’s all-time top scorer (53 goals)
England’s all-time top scorer record could well be broken, or at least equaled in Qatar. The current record holder is Wayne Rooney.
He scored a total of 53 goals for the Three Lions in his career. Although he has held the record for some time, Rooney is expected to give up his crown soon. He is currently followed by England captain Harry Kane. He won the 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot and will try to open his account in Qatar.
The Tottenham forward has scored a total of 51 goals for England so far after just 77 appearances. Kane will need two goals in Qatar to equal Rooney’s record. He will also need another goal to set a new record. The 28-year-old striker is still looking for his first goal in the competition after two games.
However, his pedigree in front of goal suggests he would soon score. England currently lead Group B with four points. An eventual qualification for the round of 16 could buy Kane time to match or pass Rooney.