Argentina captain Lionel Messi is full of praise for Real Madrid’s transfer target and calls him ‘spectacular’

Argentina captain Lionel Messi took a bath Real Madrid-linked midfielder Enzo Fernandez with praise, calling him an integral member of Lionel Scaloni’s team.

Enzo Fernandez is one of Argentina’s most impressive players at the 2022 finals world football championship. Not only did he run the show in the middle of the park, but he also proved to be a pretty good hand in the opposition box.

Fernandez, 21, scored in La Albiceleste’s crucial Group C win over Mexico. Taking a short corner from Lionel Messi in the 87th minute, Fernandez made a few touches inside the box and hit the top right corner with an unstoppable cut. His strike acted as an insurance goal for Argentina, giving them a 2-0 win over the Mexicans.

After the game, Lionel Messi praised Fernandez’s performance, calling him an outstanding player. Messi, as relayed by Argentine outlet 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.”

Becoming pessimistic about the signing of Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid are said to be looking at alternatives. According to The Real Champs, Fernandez, who joined Benfica from River Plate in the summer transfer window, has emerged as a target. It is reported that Real Madrid have kept an eye on Fernandez during his time with River Plate but have not made any move.

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

Lionel Messi can make history when he scores against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022

Lionel Messi, who has scored three goals and provided one assist in four games in Qatar, will look to inspire Argentina to a quarter-final win over the Netherlands on December 9. Friday’s net against the Netherlands will also take the Argentinian to a very special milestone, making him the top scorer for Argentina in World Cup history.

Lionel Messi has so far scored 9 World Cup goals (23 games) in his illustrious career. He just needed one more goal to equal Gabriel Batistuta’s World Cup record and go down in history as La Albiceleste’s top scorer at the tournament.

However, to reach the important milestone against the Netherlands will not be easy. Louis van Gaal’s army was unbeaten in 19 matches and conceded only 2 times in 4 matches. The Paris Saint-Germain conductor will need to deliver his A-match to concede the Dutch defender at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Friday.

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