The final of the Qatar World Cup draws attention not only to the confrontation between the leading stars, but also to the confrontation between the ‘super helpers’. They are Argentinian ‘sacred star born in 2000’ Julian Alvarez (22, Manchester City) and French ‘play maker’ Antoine Griezmann (31).
Alvarez is firmly imprinting his name on soccer fans around the world through this tournament. He is evaluated not only for his ability to score goals, but also for his sense of creating chances for his teammates. Alvarez’s presence shines even more when he’s with his own idol, Lionel Messi, 35. Álvarez admired Messi since his childhood and nurtured his dream of becoming a footballer. On Messi’s birthday 7 years ago (June 24, 2015), he posted a photo with Messi in the past on his social media account and said, “Happy birthday to the greatest soccer player in history. My hero, thank you.”
Afterwards, he grew up as a national team player and finally headed to Qatar with his idol, and Alvarez is doing his part as Messi’s strong supporter. In the background where Messi was able to make a big success with 5 goals and 3 assists in this competition, there is a strong cooperative play with Alvarez, who is breathing at the forefront. 메이저놀이터
France’s Griezmann is an ‘unsung hero’ as well as Alvarez. Although he is a leading striker in France, he chose a supporting role in this tournament to help fellow goal scorers such as Kylian Mbappe (24) and Olivier Giroud (36) score with sharp passes.
His greatest strength is his sharp ball distribution. He recorded three assists at the World Cup in Qatar with a key pass that was accurately directed to the head and feet of a teammate running in the front line. Opta, a sports statistics company, analyzed that “Mbappe and Giroud dominate the headlines, but Griez is the only person who has had a great influence on the two players.”
Alvarez became the second-youngest player (22 years, 316 days) to score multiple goals in the World Cup semi-final stage after Pele (82), the “soccer emperor,” by scoring two goals in the semi-final against Croatia. Through this tournament, Griezmann set a new record for the most assists (28) in France’s A-match, surpassing national soccer legends Zinézin Zidane (50) and Thierry Henry (45). Who will be the supporting actor who will laugh in the final confrontation?