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Lionel Messi Finally Takes His Place In Our Team Of The Event

And that, my friends, is what World Cup football is all about.

It looked for all intents and purposes as if Argentina were on their way home, but a late, late Marcos Rojo volley saw the Albiceleste overcome Nigeria 2-1 in a breathless encounter in St Petersburg.

That game has produced two new entrants to our Team of the Tournament so far: the exceptional Éver Banega and, of course, Lionel Messi.



GK: Guillermo Ochoa – Made nine saves against Germany and was solid against South Korea. The man just loves the World Cup!

CB: Pepe – Another impressive performance topped off with some brave last ditch interceptions. Never know what you might get with the 35-year-old, but he was excellent against Iran.



CB: Diego Godín – Absolutely monstrous from first minute to last against Egypt, Saudi Arabia and flawless once again in the game against Russia.

CB: Manuel Akanji – Takes Moreno’s place after two super assured showings. Won all seven of his duels against Brazil and was imperious against Serbia.



RM: Éver Banega – Playing slightly out of position here, but we had to get him in somehow. Banega was sensational in Argentina’s win over Nigeria and has to be undroppable going forward.

CM: Luka Modrić – What. A. Goal. The Croatia midfielder was sumptuous against Argentina and completely ran the game against the South Americans.

CM: Lucas Torreira – Impressed on his first competitive start for Uruguay. Seemed to be everywhere on the pitch – especially in the first half – and kept the ball ticking over nicely.

LM: Hirving Lozano – A sublime winner against Germany, a composed assist against South Korea. Brilliant defensive work too and he’s one of the breakout stars of the tournament.

RF: Lionel Messi – It took him three games but finally Messi arrived at this World Cup. His goal against Nigeria was Dennis Bergkamp-esque, and there’s no higher praise than that.


LF: Isco – The definition of silk. So good on the ball, so graceful in his movement, clinical when it matters. 10 goals in his last 15 appearances for La Roja.

ST: Harry Kane – Five goals in two games for the England striker – he’s very much brought his Premier League form into this World Cup and entered the history books in the process.

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