Ghana’s Fleet-Footed winger, Christian Atsu says Lionel Messi is the Goat of footballers in the history of football.
The former FC Porto man who once idolized the Argentina captain took to social media to shower praises on the Argentine star man.
According to, Atsu, there’s no debate about who the Goat is in football and thinks Messi doesn’t need the World Cup trophy to prove he’s the Goat of the game.
“He doesn’t need the World Cup to prove he is the GOAT 😍#messi”, he wrote on social media after Argentina beat Croatia 3-0.
Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez fired Argentina to a place in the World Cup final with a dominant 3-0 semifinal win over Croatia at Lusail Stadium.
Croatia, aiming to reach back-to-back finals after their 2018 heroics, were the better side during a cagey opening half-hour but Dominik Livakovic brought down Alvarez as the Manchester City striker lifted the ball over him.
Livakovic was his country’s hero in the shootout wins over Japan and Brazil but he was left with no chance as Messi thumped his penalty into the top right corner to join Kylian Mbappe at the top of the Golden Boot race.
Alvarez then tenaciously bundled his way through a scattered Croatia defence on the counter-attack to double the lead and the two goalscorers combined delightfully in the 69th minute — Messi tormenting Josko Gvardiol with a mesmerising dribble before teeing up Alvarez for his fourth of the tournament.
Messi himself has five and is now Argentina’s all-time leading World Cup goalscorer having overhauled Gabriel Batistuta. He will now get one last chance to match fellow great Diego Maradona and lift the famous gold trophy.
ARG — Lionel Messi (penalty) — 34th min.
ARG — Julian Alvarez — 39th min.
ARG — Julian Alvarez (Lionel Messi) — 69th min.
Argentina (4-4-2, right to left): 23. E. Martinez (GK) — 26. Molina, 13. Romero, 19. Otamendi, 3. Tagliafico — 7. De Paul, 24. E. Fernandez, 5. Paredes, 20. Mac Allister — 9. Alvarez, 10. Messi
Croatia lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) — 22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 20. Gvardiol, 19. Sosa — 10. Modric, 11. Brozovic, 8. Kovacic — 13. Pasalic, 9. Kramaric, 4. Perisic.
By: D. N. A. MENSAH, Daily Mail GH /Follow the writer @SkipperWrites on Twitter