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Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez sets record only bettered by Pele

Julian Alvarez made history during Argentina’s latest outing.

Argentina clashed with Croatia on Tuesday evening in the semi-final of the World Cup.

Argentina were somewhat favourites heading into the game after seeing off the Netherlands in their last match.

However, Croatia made it to the final in 2018 after beating England and also took a huge scalp in the quarter-finals of this tournament when they beat one of the favourites, Brazil.

In the end, though, it was Argentina who progressed with relative ease.

Lionel Messi scored from the spot in the first half after Julian Alvarez was brought down in the box.

Alvarez then rean through on goal to score Argentina’s second before tapping in their third late on following some lovely work from Messi.

At 22 years and 316 days old, Alvarez became the youngest player to bag two goals in a World Cup semi-final or final in the past 64 years.

The only person to do so at a younger age was Brazilian legend, Pele.

Back in 1958 when the tournament was held in Sweden, a 17-year-old Pele set the world alight by netting a hat-trick for Brazil in their 5-2 win semi-final win against France. Five days later, the Brazilian hotshot bagged a brace as the Selecao beat the hosts in the final, again recording a 5-2 victory. To this day, Pele remains the only player to score in a men or women’s World Cup before turning 18.

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