Football ⚽

The goal of the tournament! ⚽

After this post, I believe that there are just three more posts to go before I get back to regular scheduling. Until July 23rd, you can vote for the goal of the tournament on FIFA here: Goal of the tournament but I already know who my winner is regardless of the end result from the very first time I saw it.  

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Benjamin Pavard v Argentina

LE PLUS BEAU BUT DU MONDIAL!

INCROYABLE!

The curly head defender’s wonder goal changed the entire match. For me, it’s the best goal of the tournament and the best goal of the year. It was a wicked glorious ice-cold beauty which delighted not only the fans of Les Bleus but also the footballing world. 

Other goals I loved:

Ángel Di María v France

This was such an amazing goal!

Edinson Cavani v Portugal 

He is too good with his head!

Entertainment

Mbappé and Cavani stand out on the world stage!

Day 16 of the world’s most beautiful game: France sends Argentina packing and Cavani made Portugal pack their bags to join them. 

I did not get to watch any of the matches because it was the Sabbath and I attended church. But the sun has set now and I looked at the highlights and was satisfied with what I saw. I hope to catch the MOTD in a few hours.

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France v Argentina 4-3

I said that I’ll be satisfied with whichever team won and I am happy with France’s progression. Griezmann gave Les Bleus an early lead through a penalty in the 13′ which was canceled out by  Angel Di Maria’s stunning goal in the 41′. Mercado put Argentina ahead in the 48′ coming from a Messi assist, but France was not about to let Argentina have all the fun and struck back through Benjamin Pavard in the 57′ to level things up. 

Mbappé decided to join the party and scored in the 64′ causing Argentina to panic. Olivier Giroud’s scrumptious pass found the young man again 4 minutes later and Mbappé tucked it away to pile on the pressure on the Argentines who responded through Sergio Aguero in the 90′ from a Messi assist but it was already too late. 

Shucks! I didn’t plan this commentary! 

France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

No champagne, no problem. Water will do. 😆

France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

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France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

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France vs. Argentina: Round Of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Thanks for gracing us with your presence at the World Cup, Argentina. 

Uruguay v Portugal 2-1

CAVANI! BAE! Cavani came into this tournament to prove that he was good enough to represent his country and he certainly made his point today after scoring two beautiful goals which dumped Portugal out of the WC. He was emotional after both goals, but after limping off with an injury, he was inconsolable when the final whistle blew. I hope the injury is nothing serious because I want to see him feature in the game against the French on Friday. 

Uruguay v Portugal: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Uruguay v Portugal: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Uruguay v Portugal: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

This is Bae’s world; we’re only living in it. 😉

 Uruguay v Portugal: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Ronaldo helped Cavani off the pitch after he was injured.

Uruguay v Portugal: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Uruguay v Portugal: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Man of the Match! 👍

***All photos via Zimbio & Google Search

Entertainment

World Cup Thriller starring Argentina!

It was delirium in St. Petersburg when Lionel Messi put Argentina ahead in the 14th minute! 

Nigeria Vs. Argentina: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

This was the same Leo who looked emotionally and physically drained during the first two group games. This was the same Leo who reportedly locked himself away after missing that penalty against Iceland shouldering the blame for the draw and then the heavy 3-0 defeat against the Croatians.

But Leo knows that this might just be the last time to represent and bring home the ultimate prize for his country and when he took to the field in this must-win match against Nigeria, he brought his A game. 

Nigeria Vs. Argentina: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Nigeria leveled in the 51st minute when Mascherano gave away a penalty and Victor Moses stepped up and tucked it away. But it was Argentina who’ll have the last say when Marcos Rojo scored their vital goal in the 90th minute. 

Nigeria Vs. Argentina: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Overall, it was a great match and if this Argentina shows up on Saturday against France, well, I wouldn’t complain as they’re both teams I love and support. I’ve been stressing about France’s room for improvement and if they want to continue, then Argentina should be a real test for them.

Nigeria Vs. Argentina: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Congrats Argentina. You live again for another day.

Football ⚽

Why I like Lionel Messi.

He does his talking on the pitch and off it, he is quiet. He doesn’t want to live like a superstar instead, preferring privacy. 

Lionel Messi easily became one of my favorite footballers when I first saw him play. However, off the pitch, he’s the least interesting man in the world. Where many footballers like to be seen and heard, Leo actually shies away from such things preferring the comfort and privacy of his home. And speaking of home, it’s actually quite easy to walk up to his home for he lives on a regular street instead of on a private road/area with security flanking his property. He lives in an old home in the town of Castelldefels which has a view of the Catalan mountains. 

His neighbors say he’s like a ghost, though, for he doesn’t mix and mingle in sheer abandon. 

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Interviews and photo shoots are not a total nightmare for him, but if he could skip them all, he definitely would. He never considers himself to be the best player, but I agree with his best friend, Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero:

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He’s very passionate in representing Argentina on the international stage despite the country not being fully behind him at times for they’re itching for another Maradona:

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He gives back via The Lionel Messi Foundation which helps children around the world suffering from health ailments. Last year, the foundation partnered with UNICEF and helped build 20 classrooms in Syria.

Leo is famous, yes, but he doesn’t play it up to his advantage, thus preferring to live like a recluse away from prying eyes. He speaks little preferring to do his talking on the pitch. He seeks simplicity not wanting the attention to be on him 24/7. Whether or not, Leo wins the World Cup with Argentina, he’ll always be legendary and the greatest player of this generation the beautiful game has ever seen. 

All the best, Argentina.

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***GIFs and photo via Google Search