Assist vs. Croatia (2022)
It’s easy to focus on Messi’s goals but he also produces sublime pieces of skill. One of these came against Croatia in the World Cup semifinal. The Argentinian forward lacked some of the speed that characterized his youth. But his technical ability and intelligence made him a deadly threat (via TalkSport).
He had the entire stadium on its feet after he turned Josko Gvaridol inside and out. The Croatia defender won plaudits for his tournament performances but Messi ruined him. It’s a wonder that Gvardiol could walk after the game because Messi twisted him in every direction. Then he passed to Julian Alvarez for an assist.