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.
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.
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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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