Alexis McAllister admits Lionel Messi replaced him for Argentina as they suffered an epic World Cup final defeat by France.
- The all-time great finally has a global crown
- An inspired victory in Qatar 2022
- Considered the best of all time
WHAT HAPPENED? The Albiceleste were able to bring their long-awaited global crown to Qatar for their talismanic captain, Lionel Scalloni.After 120 minutes of thrilling action, the nerve to win on penalties after 120 minutes was held at 3-3. Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick for France, but it was his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Messi who scored twice – and also scored in a shootout – and it was he who got the credit for the classic encounter. South American winners.
What they said: McAllister told him ITV Sport When asked what was the difference between success and failure: “Always Messi, always Messi. He’s fantastic. Words can’t explain how I feel right now, I think this team gave everything on the pitch, so I’m very happy with the result.”
Larger image: Brighton midfielder Mc Allister went on to say of his colleague who seems to have settled the football GOAT debate: “I think he’s the best player in the world, the best player of all time. He’s amazing, he’s a really good guy. He’s humble, so he’s got everything going for him. To be the best player in history, so it’s amazing to share the dressing room with him and I’m very grateful.”
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What are you doing? Messi made more history at Qatar 2022 – scoring in every knockout round of the competition and winning his second Ballon d’Or – and there will be more international heroics to come as the legendary 35-year-old vowed to play and add to it. 172 matches and 98 goals, with which he is already proud of his country.