• By Ciaran Varley
  • BBC Sport

1 hour in the past

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Lionel Messi: Future documentary trailer

Watch Lionel Messi: Future on BBC One on Saturday, 3 June at 22:20 GMT, and on BBC iPlayer

A brand new BBC documentary tells the within story of how the good Lionel Messi lastly gained the World Cup.

In an hour-long movie, the BBC delves into that success with enter from a few of these concerned – together with gamers Emiliano Martinez, Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez, and supervisor Lionel Scaloni.

Listed below are a number of takeaways from Lionel Messi: Future…

A sleepless night time adopted defeat by Saudi Arabia

Argentina went into the event as one of many favourites, and on the again of a 36-game unbeaten run.

However their confidence was rocked as they misplaced their opening Group C recreation 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in one of many largest World Cup shocks of all time.

“It was the toughest night time of my life – I could not sleep,” recollects goalkeeper Martinez. “I used to be afraid of getting knocked out of my first World Cup.”

The Aston Villa participant, 30, compares the sport to a boxing match through which one individual will get knocked out. “We could not combat again,” he says.

Mac Allister performed ‘like he was in his again backyard’

The 24-year-old flourished alongside Messi, Enzo Fernandez and Angel di Maria.

“He is a whole midfielder,” says former Argentina right-back Pablo Zabaleta.

Scaloni can also be filled with reward for Mac Allister, saying: “He confirmed us one thing that we did not find out about him – he would not really feel strain.

“It is like he is enjoying in his again backyard.”

Argentina’s gamers felt at residence in Qatar

Scaloni did a fantastic job of making the correct environment for his gamers in Qatar – together with importing some residence comforts.

On the time, it was reported the squad had 2,000lbs (900kg) of meat flown over from South America.

“Every little thing was excellent,” says Mac Allister. “It felt like residence. We performed playing cards and drank [caffeine rich] mate tea… and even had Argentine meat!”

Zabaleta says these three issues are “like a faith” for Argentines.

Messi grew to become ‘that unhealthy boy’ towards the Netherlands

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Netherlands 2-2 Argentina highlights

Argentina got here by means of a very fiery quarter-final that featured 18 yellow playing cards – two of which resulted within the sending-off of Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries.

After the ultimate whistle, the Argentina gamers taunted their opponents, with Martinez – who saved two penalties within the shootout that adopted a 2-2 draw – shouting at Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal.

“I heard Van Gaal saying that in a penalty shootout they’d the benefit,” he mentioned after the sport. “I believe he must maintain his mouth shut.”

Even the usually mild-mannered Messi took situation with a remark from Van Gaal, who had mentioned the Argentina captain didn’t “take part a lot” when his crew misplaced the ball.

When Messi scored throughout regular time, he ran straight to the Dutch bench and cupped his ears.

That celebration, because the movie explains, was impressed by former team-mate Juan Roman Riquelme, who felt badly handled by Van Gaal at Barcelona.

However many have been shocked by this new aspect to Messi.

“We’re extra aggressive than the nationwide crew he had earlier than,” says Martinez. “He was in all probability changing into somewhat bit extra like us – that unhealthy boy.”

Martinez is like ‘a baby on the pitch’

Martinez was Argentina’s shootout hero as soon as once more within the closing as La Albiceleste beat the defending champions.

His antics drew loads of remark, as he threw the ball away, danced, and celebrated in entrance of France’s gamers.

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How Martinez’s antics helped Argentina win shootout

Referring to the jig he did after Aurelien Tchouameni missed France’s third penalty, he says: “I by no means danced the best way I danced after the second pen that they missed. By no means in my life.

“That is me. I am a baby on the pitch. I do not see what is going on to occur subsequent.”

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