Argentina defeated Croatia and reached the finals of the World Cup for the first time in 7 years. While Lionel Messi (35, Paris Saint-Germain) and his partner Julian Alvarez (22, Manchester City) were outstanding in the semifinals, the relationship between the two 10 years ago is drawing attention.
Famous Italian football YouTuber Fabrizio Romano posted two pictures on Twitter on the 14th.
The first picture was of Messi with a youthful face and boy fans wearing FC Barcelona, Messi’s team at the time. Another photo shows Alvarez celebrating while hugging Messi after scoring in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar on the 3rd.
“Ten years ago, Messi’s biggest fan, dreaming of one day playing in the World Cup, asked for the photo,” Romano wrote of the photo. “And tonight, that fan scored a goal in the World Cup semi-final.”
It turned out that this little fan was Alvarez.
메이저사이트 The first photo was also posted by Alvarez on his Instagram account on June 24, 2016, on Messi’s 28th birthday. At the time, Alvarez expressed his fan spirit, saying, “Happy birthday to the best player in history. Thank you so much, my idol.”
The news that Alvarez, a little fan who asked Messi for a picture in the past, became a big player running the World Cup with Messi 10 years later, moved many netizens.
In particular, their special relationship drew more attention as Alvarez served as Messi’s fantastic partner in the match against Croatia in the round of 16 of this World Cup and played a leading role in Argentina’s final.
Álvarez earned a penalty around the 31st minute, and Messi converted it into a goal, allowing Argentina to take the lead.
After that, in the 39th minute of the first half, he scored the second goal with a reckless solo dribble breakthrough. Not only that, but in the 24th minute of the second half, he did not miss the perfect opportunity created by Messi and finished with his right foot, putting a wedge in the victory.
Meanwhile, Argentina, which overcame Croatia 3-0 in the semi-final, will compete with the winner of the semi-final match between France and Morocco at midnight on the 19th for the championship trophy.