The world champion in Qatar 2022 had very high points in individual performance, beyond the collective work of play and heart which is the distinctive trait of Scaleneta. With Lionel Messi as the banner of the team, figures such as Emiliano Martínez, Ángel Di María, Nicolás Otamendi and the gratifying presences of Enzo Fernández, Alexis Mac Allister and Enzo Fernández are among the figures of this team that will remain forever in history.
Lionel Scaloni’s team got off to a bad start with a defeat against Saudi Arabia, but he was able to recover quickly and rearm himself on the way of these seven games to eternal glory. This is how the report card of the champions was formed, according to the average of the scores of clarion.
-Lionel Messi (8.29 average Clarín): The best Messi of all time. The 10 crossed all Argentines forever with the World Cup he did. He surpassed all marks and commanded the team to glory in magical goals and assists. He scored 7 goals and gave three assists. Only player to score in round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final and final. His goal against Mexico was essential to straighten the path that started wrong. He decided to enjoy this cup and so he did. Absolute legend of world football.
-Emiliano Martinez (7.29): Another of the great responsible for obtaining this World Cup. Dibu appeared in the hot spots, with saves against Australia and against France. And he got bigger than ever in penalties with the Netherlands, in the quarter-finals and in the grand final. Without him it would not have been possible to realize the golden dream.
-Enzo Fernández (7.29): He was the best young player of Qatar 2022. Without a doubt one of the best appearances for the national team. He started as a substitute in the first two games but gained ownership from Poland as every time he came in he improved the team (against Mexico he scored a great goal) and never came out again. Distribution with a clean first pass, clear clearances and partner of the forwards. full player. World consecration for him.
-Angelo Di Maria (7): Fideo lost his balance every time he had to play. He had been very regular in the first meetings. He looked for Messi in the center for the goal against Mexico which unlocked a tough match. Then he had to stop due to an overload in a quadriceps. It wasn’t against Australia, he played 10 minutes for Holland and still saved himself in the semifinals. He came back as a starter in the final and it was the best: they gave him the penalty to make it 1-0 and doubled up. A perfect goodbye.
-Alexis MacAllister (7): Another of the youngest who stood out in the middle. From not playing for a minute to his debut for Saudi Arabia to the start of the remaining six games. He converted against Poland and was one of the strengths of the team as he was part of the home circuit. He took the place of the absent Lo Celso with surprising freshness.
-Nicolas Otamendi (6.43): The Messi of the Argentine defense. The absolute leader of the fund who gave security at all times, both with his passing game and with his mark from below. Constant command entry to sort the last line. The penalty in the final does not affect his great World Cup. One of the representatives of the old guard who also managed to take revenge on him. A lion.
-Rodrigo De Paul (6.43): He went from bottom to top in the tournament. He hadn’t exactly started out, even though he grew up with his usual dedication and grit and his football contribution in the middle of the field. He knew how to read the moments to press and to defend. Tireless fighter and spare wheel of the central steering wheel. He has made an effort to overcome the physical discomfort in recent games and the credit to him has been double. It was worth it.
-Nicolas Tagliafico (6.1): He alternated ownership with Marcos Acuña on the left side, as was the case throughout the cycle. Whenever it was his turn, she obeyed. Concentration to avoid overflows and criterion to go on the attack. He disallowed Debelé in the final.
-Cristiano Romero (6): Cuti had not arrived continuously for physical reasons and did not make a good start. He didn’t start against Mexico, but then regained his place under him and never came out again. He proved his mettle and his hierarchy in the semifinals and in the final with two outstanding performances.
-Nahuel Molina (6): Another who went from minor to major until he found an excellent level in Arab land. Better as an external than as an external. His moment was that great goal against the Dutch when he capitalized on Messi’s impossible assist and called the puntín “like in the neighborhood”, as he later described. In the final he had contained Mbappé for 80 minutes but escaped once and billed.
-Julian Alvarez (6): In the national team he excelled in this Cup, he came on the bench for the first two games and capitalized on the opportunity from the start against Poland with a goal. From there he restarted on Lautaro Martínez. He dunked against Australia and twice against Croatia. But, besides, he’s tired of running and pressing. An offensive all-rounder.
Marcos Acuna (6): El Huevo interspersed appearances with Tagliafico. He was a tractor driver for the left-handed gang. Good projections, always showing himself as an extra component in attack, even if he didn’t always resolve himself in an optimal way. They gave him the penalty against Holland, his best game.
-Lisandro Martínez (6): He played in five of seven matches (two as a starter and three as a substitute). He usually went in to rearm the defense in a line of five men. Advances and good reading at low yield.
-Leandro Paredes (5.75): The midfielder was another of those who hadn’t reached 100% even in terms of football pace. That’s why after a bad debut, he came out despite being a symbol of the Scaloni cycle. But every time he has entered, he has done so firmly and confidently in difficult contexts. He started again with Croatia. Lui scored his penalties in the quarter-finals and final series.
-Lautaro Martinez (5.5): Inter have accused an ankle ailment for which they had to be infiltrated. After the first two games with the converts, the DT didn’t hesitate to change for Alvarez. El Toro always went into extra time and generated situations, even if he could not shout goals in regulation or extra time. Of course, he scored the decisive penalty of the series against the Netherlands.
-Alejandro Gomez (5.5): Papu started the World Cup as a starter. But then he left and was back with Australia from the start. There he sprained his left ankle, an injury which prevented him from being available again. In those two performances he tried to unbalance himself and look for the goal when he could.
-Gonzalo Montiel (5.5): He went down in history as the man who scored the penalty that gave Argentina its third World Cup. As a starter he was only against Mexico. He entered with Australia, Holland and France. Late in the beginning it was difficult for him to hit and he had a shot on goal which deflected off a right defender.
-German Pezzella (5): Spare part in defense. Had to add from the bank with Poland, the Netherlands and France. He only qualified in the quarterfinal duel in which he played 43 minutes. He came in to defend in extreme contexts.
-Exequiel Palacios (5): He only qualified against Mexico as it was the only time he played more than 20 minutes on the pitch. Scaloni uses it to try to put the ball in the middle and cool off his legs.
-Guido Rodriguez (4): Scaloni chose him as central midfielder for the match against Mexico. Although the coach said he had accepted the request to be among the defenders to lift the wings, the Betis man was not sure of his deliveries and left. He was out of minutes.
Paulo Dybala (-): La Joya did not play as expected. He arrived just in time to recover from a tear. He came on against Croatia and had good saves. Late in, Scaloni set him up on penalties and he delivered.
Thiago Almada (-): He was called up at the last moment by the injured Joaquín Correa. He recorded 8 minutes against Poland.
-Angelo Correa (-): The one who emerged from San Lorenzo has entered the list to replace the injured Nicolás González. He barely played the last 5 minutes against Croatia, the only match Argentina had calmly resolved until the end.
-John Foyth (-): Like Correa, he only entered those final 5 minutes with Croatia in the semis.
-Franco Armani (-): He didn’t add minutes.
-Geronimo Rulli (-): He didn’t add minutes.
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