World Cup: Why Messi Doesn’t Deserve The Man Of The Match Award For His Display



Argentina defeated Croatia, 3-0, in a pivotal semifinal match on Tuesday night. The performance by Scaloni’s lads was outstanding, and their coach should be proud.

After a penalty was awarded for a foul on Alvarez, Argentina took the lead when Lionel Messi calmly slotted the ball in from 12 yards out.

At the end of the first half, Argentina took the lead on a scruffy shot from Alvarez that found the back of the net. In the early minutes of the second half, Alvarez scored again to give the South American team a much-needed victory.

Lionel Messi received the game’s Man of the Match honors for his outstanding play. The veteran forward was regarded as the game’s top performer after tallying a goal and assisting on another.

But I guess Messi doesn’t merit the Man of the Match Award for his performance against Croatia because Alvarez had a superior productive ratio. The Manchester City attacker not only netted twice, but also gained a penalty that Lionel Messi converted.

Against Croatia, Alvarez was Argentina’s most effective player. The attacker not only assisted on all five goals, but also made two chances, dribbled three times, recovered the ball three times, and made two crucial passes in the final third.


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