Just like every football fan around the world was fascinated by Lionel Messi’s performance in the World Cup semifinal against Croatia some of the legends of the game were also impressed. Messi’s former teammates at Barcelona, Samuel Eto’o and Ronaldinho were in attendance at the Lusail stadium to witness the mastery of the Argentine magician. And surely, it was a match to remember for those in Qatar and the billions watching around the world as Messi inspired his mates to cruise over Croatia and book a spot in the final. The 35-year-old opened the scoring with an unstoppable penalty kick into the top corner beyond the reach of the Croatian penalty specialist Livakovic. Messi then released Julian Alvarez at the halfway line, who with both flair and fortune, plowed through the Croatian defense to pock in a second for Argentina. In the 68th minute, Messi once more showed his level by turning and twisting Josko Gvardiol before setting up the 3rd goal for Argentina. As Ronaldinho applauded Messi at the stadium, Suarez, who is Messi’s best friend took to social media with a message that reads, “You don’t get tired of showing that you’re the best in the world. Let everyone stand up to applaud everything that this boy gives to football.”

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This news story originally appeared at Argentina - City News Miami on 14 January 2023