As Argentina took the lead against Netherlands, Lionel Messi once again made an impression on a big platform by setting up Nahuel Molina with a pass from the gods.
More and more people are beginning to think that Messi will automatically win the World Cup as it continues.
When Croatia eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals on Friday night, Neymar didn’t even take a penalty in the shootout, the skeptics began to change their minds.
If Argentina could defeat Louis van Gaal’s team, they would be avoiding their South American rivals in the semifinals.
Messi would have been motivated to keep his team from falling short after they defeated the same opponents in the tournament’s last four in 2014, but they ultimately lost the championship game.
And he did so in spectacular fashion by providing a nearly miraculous assist that only a player with his level of talent could have produced.
Halfway into the Netherlands’ half, the PSG star picked up the ball, dragged three opponents behind him, and sent a through pass into the box.
This angle of Messi’s pass is UNREAL 😍pic.twitter.com/IDDRBLlfoM
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) December 9, 2022
The ball went through three more defenders before finding Molina, who was one on one with Andries Noppert when he was given the opportunity to score.
Amazingly, Messi still managed to find his buddy while never even turning to look at his partner along the run.
Gary Lineker, Messi’s biggest supporter, wrote on social media that Argentina had taken the lead through Molina. “How? Just how can Messi do this shit? Mind-blowingly magnificent,” Lineker said.
Adam Crafton of the Athletic continued, “That Messi pass was remarkable in the stadium because I think he was the only one here who even viewed it as a possibility.”