Lionel Messi just helped Chelsea reduce asking price for transfer target

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Lionel Messi impressed as Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 to progress to the final of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The 35-year-old forward opened the scoring for Argentina from 12 yards before playing a key role in his nation waltzing away 3-0 victors and booking a place in the final.

Chelsea are interested in signing Croatian centre-back Josko Gvardiol who has been one of the best players at the World Cup but the 20 year old struggled against Messi.

Fans have now claimed Messi have helped Chelsea reduce RB Leipzig’s asking price for Gvardiol.

@AlexHoliga tweeted: “Messi just took 10 million off Gvardiol’s asking price.”

@Blue_Footy: “Someone said, Messi just made Gvardiol affordable.”

@EiFSoccer: “Gvardiol had arguably been the best defender in the tournament so far and Messi said enough of this, let me teach you a lesson young man. That was vintage Messi. Pure greatness.”

@ivanlapanje: “Bro Messi just halved Gvardiol’s market value.”

@afcjxmes: “Please don’t take this out on Gvardiol, he’s been immense this tournament. Messi is out of this world.”

@julesbreach: “There’s nothing Gvardiol could’ve done there. Absolute genius from Messi. The best.”