“Pure epitome of beast” – Argentina fans claim critics should feel ‘ashamed’ after 28-year-old shines in FIFA World Cup win over Australia

Argentina fans praised 28-year-old for FIFA World Cup performance
Argentina fans praised 28-year-old for FIFA World Cup performance

Argentina fans made bold claims about midfield workhorse Rodrigo De Paul after his impressive performance against Australia at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Saturday, December 3.

La Albiceleste managed a nerve-wracking 2-1 win against the Socceroos in the Round of 16 stage of the tournament. Atletico Madrid's De Paul was a rock solid presence in midfield for his country.

De Paul's tournament didn't start well. A lackluster performance in the first two games against Saudi Arabia and Mexico drew criticism from the fans.

However, with time, he managed to find his feet. Fans saw a rather familiar version of the player during the game against Poland. And against Australia, he really stepped up.

De Paul played the full 90 minutes of the clash. He took 102 touches, an indication of how involved the Atletico Madrid man was in the game. His passing accuracy cannot be overlooked as well. He completed 73 out of his 87 attempted passes.

Defensively, De Paul was sound as well. He won three out of his four ground duels, making one clearance, two interceptions, and two tackles.

Fans heaped praise on the player and asked for critics to be ashamed of themselves for doubting the player.

Here are some of the best reactions across Twitter as De Paul put on a midfield masterclass:

The people who criticized De Paul for only 2 game and wanted him out of the starting lineup should be ashamed of themselves. The heart of the team 💙🤍
Criticized after the opening games but Rodrigo De Paul was back on it today. Absolutely everywhere and still Scaloni’s midfield motor
Rodrigo De Paul masterclass!! What a performance!!!
De Paul is a pure epitome of beast. Argentina have been waiting for a player like him for so long. I love him ❤️
Rodrigo de Paul. That's it. That's the tweet.…
“De Paul is only good at following Messi around"🤡I'm sorry but you don't know ball🙏🏼
Phew.. That was nerve wrecking. De Paul is such a work horse. Too good. Good game by the Aus, but taking the W here.
I must confess that De Paul has extremely turned up in the last 2 matches,He's been the heart of that midfield and was exceptional tonight.He really impressed me tonight.

Argentina will need Rodrigo De Paul at his best for the clash against the Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup

Argentina v Australia: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Argentina v Australia: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Argentina will be back in action on December 9 as they take on Louis van Gaal's Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Oranje won their Round of 16 clash against the USA by a comprehensive 3-1 margin.

Australia turned out to be a handful for La Albiceleste. The Netherlands, who topped Group A, can be expected to provide a significantly sterner test.

The likes of Cody Gakpo, Memphis Depay, Denzel Dumfries, and more are menaces for any team.

To win against the mighty Dutch, the South American side will need coordination between attack and defense. That's the role De Paul plays and he will have to be at his best against Van Gaal's team.

De Paul is the team's engine. A player of his tenacity is an asset for any side. Whether the Atletico Madrid man can deliver remains to be seen.

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