11 examples of the internet losing its mind for Messi against Croatia

The internet exploded last night after Lionel Messi produced one of his best performances in a World Cup semi-final win against Croatia.

At 35, Messi is still as competitive as ever and stepped back in time with an outrageous second-half assist to pin down Julian Alvarez.

The result for Argentina means they will play either France or Morocco in the final on Sunday. The match will be the second World Cup final of his career for Messi, having also reached this stage in 2014.

Both fans and pundits were quick to praise Messi after the match. ITV pundit Roy Keane explained: “You know what, it’s a pleasure to watch it live, it really is.

“Obviously we played at a really good level, but the level at which he is, against his age, even the third goal, he’s doing it against some brilliant players, really good players.

“Honestly, it’s brilliant. Absolutely amazing. What a player, and you know what, I really hope he wins the World Cup. I think that would be the icing on the cake for the man. It’s just great, consistent.

“Listen, we’d be here all night talking about the awards he’s won. You raised that group of players. They’ve already had a couple of setbacks. The reaction after giving away the two-goal lead against the Netherlands for me summed up that team. They were on their knees but they found a way to win the game.”

Ian Wright went on to add: “In 2014, I think he was player of the tournament in that. It didn’t quite work out for him in 2018.

“The pressure he went into this one with, maybe the last one, the people talking about the team, they’re pretty good, they lost the first game – as it happened with Spain in South Africa and then they got to the final . Obviously, Spain has crossed the line.

“I think the manager understood perfectly today, his tactics, nullifying their midfield and keeping it tight.”

We searched the internet and found some of the best post-match reactions from Argentina’s convincing 3-0 win over Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

The magic of Messi

Best friends

GOAT debate

Better than Maradona?

Scenes from Argentina

Giuliano Alvarez

One of a kind

A beautiful moment

Dressing room scenes

Respect for Luka Modric

The biggest

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