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Lionel Messi: Future – new documentary goes inside Argentina’s World Cup win


May 27, 2023
  • By Ciaran Varley
  • BBC Sport

43 minutes in the past

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Lionel Messi: Future documentary trailer

Watch Lionel Messi: Future on BBC One on Saturday, 3 June at 22:20 GMT, and on BBC iPlayer

A brand new BBC documentary tells the within story of how the good Lionel Messi lastly received the World Cup.

In an hour-long movie, the BBC delves into that success with enter from a few of these concerned – together with gamers Emiliano Martinez, Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez, and supervisor Lionel Scaloni.

Listed here are just a few takeaways from Lionel Messi: Future…

A sleepless night time adopted defeat by Saudi Arabia

Argentina went into the event as one of many favourites, and on the again of a 36-game unbeaten run.

However their confidence was rocked as they misplaced their opening Group C sport 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in one of many greatest World Cup shocks of all time.

“It was the toughest night time of my life – I could not sleep,” remembers goalkeeper Martinez. “I used to be afraid of getting knocked out of my first World Cup.”

The Aston Villa participant, 30, compares the sport to a boxing match during which one individual will get knocked out. “We could not struggle again,” he says.

Mac Allister performed ‘like he was in his again backyard’

The 24-year-old flourished alongside Messi, Enzo Fernandez and Angel di Maria.

“He is a whole midfielder,” says former Argentina right-back Pablo Zabaleta.

Scaloni can be stuffed with reward for Mac Allister, saying: “He confirmed us one thing that we did not learn about him – he does not really feel stress.

“It is like he is taking part in in his again backyard.”

Argentina’s gamers felt at dwelling in Qatar

Scaloni did a fantastic job of making the suitable environment for his gamers in Qatar – together with importing some dwelling comforts.

On the time, it was reported the squad had 2,000lbs (900kg) of meat flown over from South America.

“Every thing was good,” says Mac Allister. “It felt like dwelling. We performed playing cards and drank [caffeine rich] mate tea… and even had Argentine meat!”

Zabaleta says these three issues are “like a faith” for Argentines.

Messi turned ‘that dangerous boy’ in opposition to the Netherlands

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Netherlands 2-2 Argentina highlights

Argentina got here by way of a very fiery quarter-final that featured 18 yellow playing cards – two of which resulted within the sending-off of Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries.

After the ultimate whistle, the Argentina gamers taunted their opponents, with Martinez – who saved two penalties within the shootout that adopted a 2-2 draw – shouting at Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal.

“I heard Van Gaal saying that in a penalty shootout that they had the benefit,” he mentioned after the sport. “I believe he must maintain his mouth shut.”

Even the usually mild-mannered Messi took challenge with a remark from Van Gaal, who had mentioned the Argentina captain didn’t “take part a lot” when his staff misplaced the ball.

When Messi scored throughout regular time, he ran straight to the Dutch bench and cupped his ears.

That celebration, because the movie explains, was impressed by former team-mate Juan Roman Riquelme, who felt badly handled by Van Gaal at Barcelona.

However many had been stunned by this new aspect to Messi.

“We’re extra aggressive than the nationwide staff he had earlier than,” says Martinez. “He was most likely turning into a bit bit extra like us – that dangerous boy.”

Martinez is like ‘a toddler on the pitch’

Martinez was Argentina’s shootout hero as soon as once more within the last as La Albiceleste beat the defending champions.

His antics drew loads of remark, as he threw the ball away, danced, and celebrated in entrance of France’s gamers.

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How Martinez’s antics helped Argentina win shootout

Referring to the jig he did after Aurelien Tchouameni missed France’s third penalty, he says: “I by no means danced the best way I danced after the second pen that they missed. By no means in my life.

“That is me. I am a toddler on the pitch. I do not see what is going on to occur subsequent.”