At World Cup 2022 today, Real Madrid’s Fede Valverde again proved that he’s the best midfielder on the planet.
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Both Uruguay and South Korea deserve a lot of credit for how they performed on Thursday. Uruguay struck the post twice, South Korea had plenty of chances on the break, and both sides defended heroically at times. A cracking World Cup encounter between two excellent teams.
World Cup 2022 in Qatar should be a treat. Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP.
Federico Valverde in a class of his own
The star of this particular show was Federico Valverde. The 24-year-old midfield dynamo is adept at playing in a varirty of systems, shapes, formations and positions. The crowning moment of his young career so far was his inch-perfect assist for Vinicius Junior in las season’s Champions League final.
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South American passion
Uruguay’s new midfield lynchpin can do absolutely everything on a football pitch, eating up the ground wherever he goes.
Valverde’s physical prowess and footballing intelligence are both gifts, but the most special thing about him is his attitude and passion. After he hit a rocketed shot off the post in the 90th minute against South Korea, two minutes later he was making an important tackle to stop a dangerous break. It was a tackle he celebrated as if he had just won the World Cup.
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It’s South American fire and he has it in abundance. Keep De Bruyne, Valverde is the best in the business.
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