Lionel Messi had the chance to give Argentina an early lead over Poland in their final group-stage matchup at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. After receiving a (rather generous) penalty from VAR, Messi failed to convert from the spot in a major “ball don’t lie” moment, as Poland goalie Wojciech Sczcesny recorded a stunning save, his second PK denial of the tournament. In failing to score from the spot, Messi becomes the first player in history to have had two separate penalties saved by opposing goalkeepers at the World Cup, per ESPN FC.
Sczcesny’s epic save puts Messi on the wrong side of history, as that’s now the second penalty in his World Cup career that he’s had saved by a goalie. He stands alone in that regard.