Argentina captain Lionel Messi praises Real Madrid transfer target as ‘spectacular’


Argentina skipper Lionel Messi has praised Real Madrid-linked midfielder Enzo Fernandez, calling him a full member of Lionel Scaloni’s squad.

Enzo Fernandez was one of the most impressive Argentine players at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Not only did he put on the show in the middle of the park, but he also proved to be a handful in the opposition box.

Fernandez, 21, was on the scoresheet in the Albiceleste’s crucial Group C win over Mexico. Receiving a short corner from Lionel Messi in the 87th minute, Fernandez took a few touches inside the box and found the top right corner with an unstoppable curling effort. His strike served as an insurance goal for Argentina, who earned a 2-0 victory over the Mexicans.

After the match, Lionel Messi praised Fernandez for his display, calling him a sensational footballer. Messi, relayed by Argentinian media Ole, said:

“Enzo doesn’t surprise me, I know him, I see him training every day, I played against him in the Champions League and he deserves it. He’s a spectacular boy and a very important player for us.

Having become pessimistic about signing Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid are reportedly considering alternatives. Fernandez, who joined Benfica from River Plate during the summer transfer window, has emerged as a target, according to The Real Champs. It was claimed that Real Madrid had their eye on Fernandez during his time at River Plate but never moved.

Portuguese giants Benfica, who can keep Fernandez at the club until June 2027, are unlikely to sell him to Real Madrid on the cheap. They are also not expected to let the player leave in the January transfer window.


Lionel Messi could make history by scoring against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Lionel Messi, who has scored three times and had one assist in four games in Qatar, will look to inspire Argentina to a quarter-final win over the Netherlands on December 9. Scoring against the Dutch on Friday would also take the Argentine to a very special milestone, making him Argentina’s co-leading goalscorer in World Cup history.

Lionel Messi has scored nine World Cup goals (23 games) in his decorated career so far. He needs just one more goal to equal Gabriel Batistuta’s World Cup tally and make history as La Albiceleste’s co-top scorer at the tournament.

Reaching the milestone against the Dutch will not be easy, however. Louis van Gaal’s side are unbeaten in 19 games and have conceded just two goals in four games so far. The Paris Saint-Germain maestro will need to bring his A-game to break through the Dutch rearguard at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Friday.

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