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Watch: New angle of Lionel Messi’s WC assist will blow your mind

Argentina have made it to the World Cup final after beating Croatia 3-0 and it’s fair to say that Lionel Messi produced one of the performances of the tournament so far.

Despite starting the game brightly Croatia found themselves behind after just 34 minutes thanks to a Messi penalty. Julian Alvarez then made it 2-0 just before half time.

The Manchester City forward had quite the evening and scored Argentina’s third goal in the second half to wrap up the result. Croatia battled hard but ultimately couldn’t find a way through Argentina.

The result for Argentina means that they will play one of France or Morocco in the final on Sunday. The game will be Messi’s second World Cup final of his career after also reaching this point in 2014.

Roy Keane was full of praise for Messi after the match. He told ITV: “Do you know what, it’s a pleasure to watch him live, it really is. Obviously we played at a really good level, but the level he’s at, against his age, even the third goal, he’s doing that against some brilliant players, really good players.

“Honestly, it’s brilliant. Absolutely fantastic. What a player, and do you know what, I really hope he goes on to win the World Cup. I think that would be the icing on the cake for the man. He’s just fantastic, consistency.

“Listen, we’d be here all night talking about the awards he’s won. He’s lifted that group of players. They’ve had a couple of setbacks already. The reaction after giving up the two-goal lead against Holland to me summed up that team. They were on their knees but they found a way to win the game.

“Tonight they ended up making it very very comfortable. But the biggest compliment, as I said, I feel very privileged to be watching him.”

“When you see the player live and what you’re seeing him doing against really good players, we’ve seen it for years, sometimes you need a reminder. What we saw tonight, the player… you can come out with these words, geniuses…”

Messi came alive on several occasions against Croatia but it was his outrageous dribble and assist for the third goal which has got everyone talking.

The 35-year-old rolled back the years and rinsed his way past Josko Gvardiol before perfectly setting up Alvarez for his third goal of the night. Messi truly is one of a kind.


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