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'If Messi's performance doesn't excite you, then football isn't for you' - Ronaldo fans targeted as Argentina march on

13:52 GMT+3 10/12/2022
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The 35-year-old produced another stunning display to help the Albicelestes reach the last four of the global competition in the Gulf nation

Supporters in Africa have showered praise on Lionel Messi after his exploits helped Argentina to defeat Netherlands 4-3 on penalties and reach the semi-finals of the 2022 Fifa World Cup finals in Qatar.

The 35-year-old Messi stepped up with another superb display as he set up Nahuel Molina to score the opener and then scored the second from the penalty spot.

Wout Weghorst grabbed a double for Netherlands for a 2-2 draw to take the pulsating fixture to penalties.

Messi once again found the back of the net from the penalty spot as the Albicelestes went on to win 4-3 and seal their place in the last eight.

Messi's overall performance, who has four goals and two assists in the global competition so far, has sparked a lot of debate on social media, with fans describing him as a player out of this world.

  • Lionel Messi player of the match 2022-23

    Messi is the greatest of all time

    Incredible. Messi is the best player of all time. - Gregory Selbol

    Inevitable simply inevitable! The best to ever play the Game. - Fartun Sharif Isak

    Messi is indeed the best player in the universe. We are glad to be watching the GOAT OF FOOTBALL. - Pius Prince

    This man is so incredibly always making a difference 🥰 - Justin Chidiebube

    The greatest player of all time. Making the difference again someone else is warming the bench. - Dagbegi sports update

    Messi is the best player in the world, and if you think I'm wrong then you are absolutely wrong 😄😂 - Freeboyset music

  • Lionel Messi Argentina Paises Bajos Qatar 2022

    Messi is a genius

    What a fantastic pass from Messi!✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽 A genius of an assist🔥🔥🔥 - Abdel Raouf Yessoufou

    Absolute genius. Operates with a different sense. - Kwabena Ahenkorah

    The guy is a genius. - Amoah Boateng Richard

    Messi is just pure magic... I used to think it's a lie,but I believe he is not human. - Joseph Karoki

  • Messi Argentina

    Messi is football

    No word to even describe Messi again, what a player 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥Messi is football. - Jafar Zakari

    Football is in Messi and Messi is in football. - Konlan Robert Walter

    He is football, Lionel Messi 🔥🔥🔥 - Nana Kwame Duah

    He's out of this planet 🤫🤫🤫🔥- Hassan Raphinha Lewandowski

    He's far far better than any player. What a leader Great player by all standards. - Edward Odame Asare

    If Messi's performance doesn't excite you, then football isn't for you. Because he is football in person! GOAT. - Zuper Siciid Dhiif

  • Messi Ronaldo Ballon d'Or

    Messi is the real GOAT

    Who needs help, call Messi he will assist you… the real GOAT - Kobby Ericsson

    It's settled. No more argument, Messi is the GOAT. Now between Ronaldo and Lukaku, who's better? - Sam Sola Fide

    That is why he is the Greatest Of All Time 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 - Amoh Destiny

    When they only think football is all about goals come and study Messi as a course in football 😍😍.Real GOAT. - Rilés Zyan

    That’s why he is the GOAT!!!!!!❤️😣😣 - Richard Pagez

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    Messi doesn't go for self glory

    Leo Messi always takes the first penalty despite knowing the possible embarrassment that could come with it. For him oozing confidence in the next penalty takers is more important than going for self glory [last penalty]. What a player 🐐 Win this for us!!! - Qwa-Jo Xavi

    Messi just does his work. He does not seek to make the headlines. Everyone knows he is carrying the team, it would not take scoring the last penalty kick to make this true. - David AB

    No player can compare to him, especially in this generation. He doesn't depend on goals alone, he creates and assists... He is simply Messi, the 🐐❤️... - Abdullahi Ahmad Ola

  • World Cup trophy

    Messi deserves the World Cup

    I love Messi so much. I am a Barcelona fan and also a Messi fan. All I want from him is to lift the World Cup and all his desire will be complete, in his career as a world-class footballer!

    I always wish him the best of goodluck in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour! - Samuel Apollos

    The World Cup is yours lil Man. Can't wait to watch you lift that trophy... Then I would compare you to Maradona. - Vince Uzor

  • Messi

    Messi and penalties

    With a penalty right? if it was Ronaldo, they would say he scores through penalties only... - Michael Mgbechikwere Ake

    How is that a penalty,if it’s Ronaldo there will be cries everywhere, Messi is playing better now but it’s obvious they hate Ronaldo so much. - Aladesoyin Gerrard

  • Nahuel Molina Lionel Messi Argentina Netherlands 2022 World Cup

    Messi is Argentina

    Argentina cannot do without Messi... even if he doesn’t score he makes something out of it. - Hamidu Abdulai

    "Messi is still alive... Argentina 🇦🇷 is still alive..." - @KofiCyrus11

    Messi is a leader, Orator and a motivational speaker. Argentina is lucky to have him. @Vincentbrian

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Messi

    Messi vs Ronaldo final?

    Really feel like it's destined to be the Argentina v Portugal final. Ronaldo v Messi, their last World Cups. Stage will be set for who is the best of all time. fredoanggriawan004

  • Pele

    Messi level with Pele?

    I repeat... No one comes close to Pele & Messi whenever the game of round leather ball is being mentioned... Let others take a well deserved cue while we analysis on the best... Justice for football... - Dada Oyinda