- Alexis McAllister said she was shaking when she met Lionel Messi for the first time
- The 23-year-old Brighton midfielder will play a key role in Argentina’s 2022 World Cup.
- McAllister considers Messi his idol and hopes to feature in Argentina’s World Cup on Sunday.
Argentina midfielder Alexis McAllister said he was afraid to meet his idol Lionel Messi for the first time.
McAllister, 23, has been one of Argentina’s best players at the 2022 World Cup and has a chance to win the tournament alongside his captain and idol.
The Brighton midfielder was an unused substitute in Argentina’s historic 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia in their opening game. Since then, he has started every match en route to the final.
The 23-year-old will start Sunday’s World Cup final against France as Lionel Scallone’s side look to win their first World Cup since 1986. Eurosport.
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Brighton signed the Argentine from South American giants Boca Juniors in 2019, but he will have to wait a while before making his England debut. He played 86 matches for the Seagulls, scoring 13 goals Sky Sports.
Mac Allister at the Messi meeting
Speaking to CNN, McAllister said that he was afraid of meeting Messi. He described how their first meeting went talkSPORT.
“I was so nervous, my hands were shaking. I’m a very shy guy, so yeah, I was really nervous, but then you realize how humble he is.”
“I went to the table and shook my hands – I was shaking, I was sweating, but it was an amazing moment.”
The Argentine featured in two international friendlies in 2019 when he met his captain for the first time, but had to wait almost three years before being called up.
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Mc Allister’s World Cup goal
Sports briefing Earlier it was reported that Mc Allister had scored his first World Cup goal. He scored a goal in the 46th minute against Poland in the group stage.
Argentina were unable to clear Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the opening 45 minutes, in which he saved his second penalty of the tournament.
By the way, the goal was his first for the country. After his debut in September 2019, he won 13 matches.