Paraguay held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their second game of the Copa America, and Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almiron was the best player on a pitch that had Lionel Messi on it.
The 25-year-old capped a man-of-the-match performance with a superb run to set up his side’s opener – his second assist of the tournament – and Magpies and Atlanta United fans couldn’t help but shower accolades on him on social media.
Almiron became Newcastle’s record signing in January after completing a £21 million move, but an injury limited him to just 10 games.
The Paraguay international continues to show what he is capable of, and he will now be hoping to lead his side to victory against Colombia to boost their chances of advancing.
Newcastle fans were delighted with Almiron’s impressive performance against Argentina, and here is how some of them reacted on Twitter:
— Iván Mendieta (@tuelmendieta) June 20, 2019
Bring some form home
— Daniel Graham (@dangraham9) June 20, 2019
looking forward for next full season
— y8〠 (@wanfazris) June 20, 2019
That 21 mill already looking like a bargain for #nufc
— bobby martins (@BobbyGoa) June 20, 2019
Sorry for him to face our club joke situation atm. If nothing solve before that, I can see him move out soon.
— Ginkoh_NUFC (@Ginkohro) June 20, 2019
— jake (@jakedplunkett) June 20, 2019
— simön (@leotakhuz) June 20, 2019
GOAT status already.. Bossed Messi
— HUSBAND MATERIAL? (@Silvablynks) June 20, 2019
Messi didn't passed him in the entire match. Paraguay deserved to win all the way.
— Carlos Roche (@Carlos_Rochelml) June 20, 2019
In this same pic Almiron got the ball off Messi, dude is absolutely Class you lot are so lucky to have him man congrats ??
— Losing the love for Football – Steven (@StevenUtd_) June 20, 2019
Star upon Tyne!
— Khaleel Tetlay (@katetlay) June 20, 2019
The South American playmaker ended the 2018 MLS season with 13 league goals and 11 assists for Atlanta, and given his ongoing brilliance at the Copa America, Newcastle surely secured a gem for themselves.