What a performance from Argentina, as they run out deserved winners of La Finalissima beating Italy 3-0.
That late Dybala goal, set up of course by Messi, finished off a second-half performance that will send shivers down the spines of every other nation in international football.
The magician in number 10 was in vintage form, rolling back the years and inspiring his side to victory.
And with performances like that, who’s to say he won’t do the same in Qatar later this year?
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! The Albiceleste take the lead!!! Messi turns out of Di Lorenzo’s tackle and sears down the left, crossing for Lautaro Martinez inside, who prods the ball home!!! 1-0 to Argentina, and their magical messiah has done it again!
GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! What a passage of play from Argentina!!!! Lautaro Martinez turns away from Bonucci and strides forward, playing a beauty of a through ball forward for Di Maria, who ghosts past Chiellini and chips the ball over Donnarumma to double the lead!!! 2-0, and what a way for the Albiceleste to go into the break!!
GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! The icing on the Argentine cake!!! Messi strides forward with ease once again, arriving on the edge of the box before being crowded out. Dybala arrives late and smashes the ball low off the post, beating Donnarumma as it nestles in the bottom corner! 3-0 to Argentina, and their second-half performance deserved that goal.
So, what’s next?
The Albiceleste deservedly win the Finalissima trophy and send a warning to the rest of the world with the Qatar World Cup only months away.
They’re playing like a well-oiled machine, and will only become harder to stop with each passing game.
Italy, however, farewelled Chiellini in this match too, signalling a changing of the guard with a new generation of Azzurri prospects set to be let loose in the upcoming UEFA Nations League.