Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina, praised Julian Alvarez for his “amazing” and “incredible” performance against Croatia, which propelled his team into the World Cup final.
Alvarez of Manchester City increased his goal total in Qatar to four, one less than the joint top scorers Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
On Sunday, Argentina—who last won the World Cup in 1986—will play France.
Nobody anticipated Julian would participate and take on the importance he has, remarked Messi.
The assistance he provided was “simply wonderful.”
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With a string of standout performances in what he has said is his sixth and final World Cup, Messi, 35, has dominated the headlines in Qatar.
Alvarez’s contribution to Argentina’s 12 goals has gone a little unnoticed because he has contributed five goals and three assists.
Although coach Lionel Scaloni initially preferred Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan, the teenage attacker was not expected to play a significant role for Argentina this tournament and only made substitute appearances in their victories against Mexico and their shocking opening loss to Saudi Arabia.
However, Alvarez has started the last four games, culminating in his outstanding performance in the 3-0 semi-final victory, in which he was penalized for Messi’s first penalty goal and then scored the next two goals himself.
He was outstanding not just on Tuesday, but throughout the entire World Cup, continued Messi. He oversaw everything, He battled for everything, creating opportunities and fighting. He was the unexpected find for us, and since he’s such a nice guy, he deserves everything that has happened to him.
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In January 2022, Manchester City acquired Alvarez from River Plate for 17 million euros (£14.1 million).
He signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with City, although he spent the rest of the season on loan with the Argentine champions.
He has played in 12 Premier League games this year, largely as a substitute, and scored three goals.
Pablo Zabaleta, a former defender for City and Argentina, told BBC Sport that Alvarez’s “work-rate is outstanding.”
He is paired up front with Lionel Messi, and it appears from the outside that he is telling Messi not to sprint. I’ll handle it for you, he continued.
“To do it, you need a big heart. He came off the bench to begin the World Cup, but after getting one chance, he excelled.
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“At such a young age, to come on to this stage and put in that type of performance, in that moment for his nation – fantastic,” ex-England midfielder Jermaine Jenas remarked.
Fans of Manchester City will be anticipating what lies ahead after seeing Alvarez’s performances in Qatar.
He now has seven goals in eight international appearances. After Gonzalo Higuain in 2010, he is now just the second Argentina player to score four goals at a World Cup while still under the age of 22.
Additionally, he made history by becoming the first player under the age of 20 to score twice in a World Cup semifinal since Brazilian icon Pele’s hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over France in 1958.