When Argentina defeated France on penalties, they became the first South American country since Brazil in 2002 to win the FIFA World Cup. Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, who did not play for the German team that was eliminated from the competition in the group stages, gave his opinions on the World Cup final in a post-match interview while applauding Lionel Messi for his excellent performance.
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What did Toni Kroos say?
“The best game of a World Cup that I have seen, I feel like I’ve played it myself,”
said Toni Kroos (h/t Real Total), who was part of the German team that played against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.
However, Toni Kroos did not hold back while complimenting Messi for his stellar career and asserting that the Argentinean deserved to win the World Cup.
“Messi totally deserves it. I haven’t seen an individual performance like his in this tournament. He didn’t play for clubs I like but I have to be honest,”
While Kylian Mbappe put on a standout performance in the championship game, Messi also had a significant impact, scoring two goals and starting the Argentina counter that resulted in the team’s second goal. After that, he received the Man of the Match and Best Player of the Tournament awards.
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Toni Kroos gave his opinions on France’s management position after applauding Messi. He discussed the possibility of Didier Deschamps being replaced by Zinedine Zidane, but he implied that the choice will be made completely by the present French manager.
“I’m trying to put my mind to it because I read Deschamps can choose whether to continue or not. I am trying to think how much this result will affect him,”
“I definitely believe that ‘Zizou’ would not only be a good option but also the ideal replacement. Now the question is: what does Didier want? Let’s put it this way: I believe 70:30 that ‘Zizou’ will be the new coach. He is definitely in the mood to train again.”
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Toni Kroos backed Zidane to take the job, adding it.
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