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Lionel Messi gets the ball near midfield, BURNS Joško Gvardiol and provides a perfect assist

Lionel Messi showed the world once again that he’s in arguably the best form of his career. Aging like a fine wine, Messi got a goal and an assist vs. Croatia in Argentina’s 3-0 World Cup semifinal victory on Tuesday.

His goal came from the penalty spot in the 34th minute, but the assist. Oh, that glorious assist. That one came in the 69th minute.

Messi assist vs Croatia

Leading 2-0, Messi and Julián Álvarez put the nail in the coffin with about 20 minutes to go. The 35-year-old maestro looked like he was a young 20-something again with a dazzling run.

Picking up the ball near midfield he had one the 2022 World Cup’s best defenders, Joško Gvardiol, standing between him and Croatia’s goal. Gvardiol was able to keep up with Messi’s run but was then turned into a pretzel before Messi played a precise pass to Álvarez.

Filthy. Just filthy. Assist of the tournament isn’t an official award, but if it was then it would go to Messi.

Álvarez is becoming the strike partner that Messi never had at previous World Cups. The Manchester City talent was fouled in the first half to set up Argentina’s penalty kick. He then scored his own five minutes later.

Messi's penalty also sets the Argentina record for most the most World Cup goals by a single player. Messi has 11 career World Cup goals.

Argentina advances to their sixth World Cup Final and Messi will get one last shot at claiming the all elusive trophy that has evaded him his entire career.

Argentina will play the winner of France vs. Morocco on Sunday at 10 a.m ET.

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