After his performance against Poland on Wednesday, Messi passed Ronaldo as the most-capped player for Argentina.

Maradona, according to the 35-year-old, would have been ecstatic for him.

Messi predicted that the matchup with Australia will be challenging.

In their last group stage match, against Poland, Messi made his 22nd appearance.

Speaking with the media, as reported by AFP

'' I learned it recently, I didn't know it. It's a pleasure to be able to continue to achieve these kinds of records'' told Messi.

''I think Diego would be super happy for me, because he always showed me a lot of affection, he was always happy when things went well for me,"

Argentina will now play Australia in the Round of 16, and Messi acknowledged that it will be a challenging matchup.

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