Chelsea star Enzo Fernandez pulls of stunning backheel pass as fans dub the World Cup winner ‘the best young midfielder in the world’ as Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina see off Ecuador
Chelsea star Enzo Fernandez makes a stunning backheel pass as fans call the World Cup winner ‘the best young midfielder in the world’ as Lionel Messi inspired Argentina knock out Ecuador
- Enzo Fernandez and Argentina beat Ecuador 1-0 in Buenos Aires on Thursday
- Chelsea duo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo faced each other in the center of the pitch
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Enzo Fernandez provided a sensational display of skill for Argentina against Ecuador on Thursday night, leaving fans in awe.
The World Cup champion faced Ecuador’s challenge to win 1-0 thanks to a goal from Lionel Messi, bringing his tally to a record 104 international goals for the Albiceleste.
But this time it was not their national hero who caught the attention of the Argentinian fans, but his younger teammate Fernandez.
As Rodrigo De Paul finds himself in the middle of the park before making a bouncing pass to Fernandez, the Chelsea midfielder receives the ball slightly behind him as he heads off to continue the attack.
But the 22-year-old clearly had no trouble adjusting his feet in time as he made a daring pass with the back of his heel overhead, straight into the path of a team-mate attacking off the left. side.
Chelsea star Enzo Fernandez came on in midfield opposite new teammate Moises Caicedo
Lionel Messi scored his 104th goal for Argentina on Thursday night and won the match
A brilliant pass over Fernandez’s head with the back of his heel left the fans in awe
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Fans quickly took to social media to applaud the fine bit of footwork in the clash, with many claiming it was a sign of what’s to come for the Argentinian sensation.
One claimed: ‘He’s getting better and better every day and at this rate he’ll soon be among the goats.’
A second wrote: ‘Best young midfielder in the world.’
A third fan expressed gratitude that Chelsea had gotten on the phone with the player last January, writing: “How lucky we have been with this man. I’m so glad he didn’t wait those six months.’
Another echoes the sentiment, asking, “How did we get this man?”
A fifth fan added: “Skills overloaded, we’re blessed in midfield.”
The match was also notable for playing the Blues’ two record signings in midfield against each other.
Ecuadorian star Moises Caicedo lined up against Fernandez, with the former Benfica man getting the better of his new midfield partner, at least on the scoreline.