World Cup: Allister Names the Argentine Teammate He Can Give His MOTM Award To

World Cup: Allister Names the Argentine Teammate He Can Give His MOTM Award To

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:18 PM
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  • Argentina have reached the knockout stages at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after beating Poland
  • Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister was named man of the match in the 2-1 win for Argentina
  • Allister has however revealed when asked that he would surely give Lionel Messi the award

Alexis Mac Allister has named Lionel Messi as the teammate he will give his man of the match award against Poland to while admiring the Paris Saint-Germain superstar.

The Brighton midfielder was in good form on Wednesday night, 30 November, during his country's last group game against Poland in which he scored the first goal.

Interestingly, Messi was also superb even though he missed a penalty which could been a good way to crown his effort.

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World Cup: Allister and Argentine teammates celebrating against Poland. Photo by Julian Finney
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Fans all over the world were stunned when Argentina were beaten in their first game by Saudi Arabia, but they put the disappointment behind them and win their remaining two games in the group stages.

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Speaking after the game against Poland, Allister explained that Messi is an important member of the national team.

Statement made by Alexis Allister

''That is tricky, but I would always choose Lionel Messi because he makes things easier, so definitely he is the one.''

As things stand now, Allister, Messi and other Argentine teammates will face Australia in their round of 16 encounter which is expected to be tough.

Messi has never in his career won the World Cup, and he will want to make history this year in Qatar.

Fans believe referees have soft spot

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how football fans monitoring the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup believe Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's clout and pedigree earn them an undue advantage in penalty situations.

The football festival in Qatar was always bound to throw up some major talking points, and alongside the semi-automatic VAR system, controversial penalty decisions have been on the lips of most fans.

The contentious nature of the penalties, particularly the ones involving Argentina and Portugal superstars Messi and Ronaldo, have divided opinions.

There have been 11 penalties awarded at the World Cup so far, with Messi and Ronaldo accounting for 27.3 per cent of the total number of spot kicks awarded in the Mundial.

The aforementioned statistics have forced football fans across social media platforms to propound a conspiracy theory about biased officiating.

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