‘He ALWAYS performs when it matters most’: Fans praise ‘wizard’ Lionel Messi after starring in Argentina’s win against Mexico as they hail him for ‘silencing all the haters and critics’ with a goal and assist
Lionel Messi has been lauded by fans after putting in a stunning performance to save Argentina from an early World Cup exit.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner scored the opener after his side struggled to take down Mexico before setting up the second to help secure what ended up being a comfortable 2-0 victory.
He has been praised on social media for his role in the victory, with many fans praising the 35-year-old for his performance when his country needed him most.
Lionel Messi has been lauded by fans for his starring role against Mexico in Group C
The 35-year-old scored the opening goal before scoring another in Argentina’s 2-0 win
“Magic Messi!” said one Twitter user. “It performs when it matters most!” with three goat emojis attached.
‘The greatest player in history!’ added one more.
The attacker was criticized for this World Cup at half-time in the game with Mexico when the score was 0-0.
He scored from the penalty spot in his side’s shock 2–1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening match of the tournament, but was largely ineffective in what was one of the greatest World Cup upsets of all time.
He was then listed for a perceived lack of effort on Saturday, before emerging from range with the aim of breaking the deadlock before Enzo Fernnadez later sealed the three points.
Several users on Twitter claimed that the Argentine has now silenced his doubters after a sticky spell for his country.
“This is easily one of the biggest games of Messi’s career, with the team playing terrible and the whole world watching,” said one user.
He steps up with a wonder goal and then assists another to seal the win. What will they say now?’
Another added: “Today was Messi vs Mexico and the whole world. But Messi silenced all haters and critics. Remember this name, the king of football. Lionel Messi the GOAT.”
Argentina is now in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup
They will have to beat Poland to guarantee qualification, but will be sure to progress
A third said: “Messi delivers a goal and an assist to silence all his doubters. He’s inevitable.’
Argentina are still a long way from qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament, but a victory over Poland in their final Group C match would see them through.
A draw would see them sweat over Saudi Arabia’s result against Mexico, a game they’ll be watching anyway to see if they can top the group.