The Rosario star Lionel Messi led the Conmebol ideal team this Wednesday, made up based on statistical data, after the double date of the 2026 South American Qualifiers.
Messi only played in the 1-0 win against Ecuador in his debut, where he scored the goal with a free kick, but it was enough for him to make the ideal 11.
“Despite playing only one game, he was key to Argentina’s victory against Ecuador in the debut, with a goal from a free kick. Furthermore, he led in that match in dribbles, with eight,” Conmebol noted on its official website.
The captain of the world champion team played as a starter against Ecuador, in River Plate, and was sidelined in the 3-0 win against Bolivia, in La Paz, due to muscle discomfort.
Messi was not the only Argentine on a team that also included defenders Cristian “Cuti” Romero and Nicolás Tagliafico and forward Ángel Di María.
“Romero was one of the two central defenders with the most tackles made (8) and won 10 duels in total in the first days of the South American Qualifiers,” Conmebol explained.
“Tagliafico was the only left back in the opening days of the South American Qualifiers to score a goal and finish more than once (3),” he detailed about the former Independiente and Banfield.
Meanwhile, regarding Di María he noted that “he made two assists against Bolivia. Furthermore, he was, along with Neymar, the footballer with the most shot assists, with seven in total.”
The ideal Conmebol formation was the following: Camilo Vargas (Colombia); Alexander González (Venezuela), Romero, Félix Torres (Ecuador) and Tagliafico; Mathías Villasanti (Paraguay), Nicolás De La Cruz (Uruguay) and Neymar (Brazil), Messi, Rodrygo (Brazil) and Di María.
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