According to Vn88 mobile, Leo has done it in the most impressive way. Argentina held the ball a lot but proved harmless for most of the match against Mexico.
Statistics don’t lie. The expected goal index (xG) of “La Albiceleste” is at 0.29, just 0.07 units better than Mexico (0.22). Both teams performed a boring match and not many chances were created. Until Messi scores from a ball with probability 2% (0.02 xG).
Vn88cx’s statistics show that during his career, Messi has scored a total of 4 goals outside the penalty area in the World Cup. Since 1966, only the Brazilian legend Rivellino has had a better record (5 goals). Scoring in the World Cup is diff
Messi spread his arms and ran to a corner of the stands, where Argentina fans were celebrating enthusiastically. Running after him are the rest of the team, a collective built over three years by coach Lionel Scaloni to help the PSG star. “I am ready to die for Messi,” goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez said after the Copa America final 2021. “Like every other Argentinian, I am ready to give my life for him.”
It may be an exaggeration that Vn88 has republished, but no one denies that Argentina in the past 3 years has been a united collective like never before. Before the disaster named Saudi Arabia took place, La Albiceleste was 36 matches unbeaten. In Brazil last year, Martinez and his teammates shone to help Messi quench his thirst for championships in the national team’s shirt.
Earlier this year, Scaloni said that he had never seen Messi so happy on the national team. Four years ago, Scaloni worked as an assistant to Jorge Sampaoli in the national team and he witnessed Leo’s pain when he was tortured by France at the 2018 World Cup. Four more years before that, it was a sad night in Maracana, where Messi was about to fall. tears after defeat against the Germans.
Belief in Leo
Vn88.cx cited that after 8 years, Argentina came to Qatar with a different mindset. They are the defending champions of South America, even winning the Intercontinental Super Cup after defeating Italy. Messi regains form since the beginning of the season in PSG shirt. All these factors make one appreciate La Albiceleste. Until the loss to Saudi Arabia happened. Messi scored in that game, but no one dares to say he played brilliantly.
“You guys want to take a picture with Messi, why don’t you take out your phone and take a picture with him,” shouted Herve Renard, the Saudi Arabia coach in the changing room mid-half, in a video that went viral. on the Internet last week. “Go up and press, steal the ball from his feet.” Then, it was Leo’s loss of the ball in the second half that led to the goal of Saudi Arabia.
Renard is probably right to hit the weak point called Messi of Argentina. At the age of 35, Leo is no longer as physically fit as he was in his youth. He spends most of his time walking on the field to save energy. Even the most amateur football watcher knows the downside Messi can inflict on the team.
But until Vn88 mobile talked about as long as Messi still created “magic” moments like the shot that hit Mexico, all worries became superfluous. Argentina is currently built for Messi to shine, and as long as he can wield his magic wand, La Albiceleste has a chance.
The day before the game against Mexico, Scaloni spoke about how the team was inspired by the memory of the great Maradona. The young coach did not hide his anxiety. Huge pressure weighed on the 44-year-old strategist in his first World Cup.
It’s okay, he’s still Messi. Argentina fans can breathe a sigh of relief. A win over Poland in the last leg will help Argentina go through without caring about the match at the same time between Mexico and Saudi Arabia. A draw is also unlikely to cause them to be eliminated. But Leo certainly didn’t want to take that risk.