Argentina made difficult work of their round of 16 knockout match with Switzerland and only progressed to the quarter finals after an 118th minute goal from Angel Di Maria which secured the 1-0 win.
The world's eyes glared upon the star studded Argentina line-up who uncharacteristically struggled throughout the game and were very fortunate to progress past a hardened Switzerland side who battled until the final minute.
If you were unfortunate enough to miss the game then your instant guess at the match winner for the South American side would have been talisman and captain Lionel Messi, he has carried his nation on many occasions and particularly through this World Cup but his impact on this game came in a very different way.
Not quite at the peak of his talents, Messi had a few opportunities throughout the game to grab his 5th goal of the tournament and came close on different occasions, as the game approached its final seconds, the worlds best player came alive once more and delivered the vital assist for Di Maria's game winner.
Argentina as a nation exhaled and they waded through the final moments of the game to secure their place in the quarter finals, then came the examination of the matches most important events including an opinion from none other than LeBron James.
James took to his official Facebook account to express his opinion on how the events unfolded, he posted: "Heard Messi made the game winning pass! That's my type of player. Win, loss, draw u make the right play to help your team be successful"
At face value this post looks a simple compliment from one outstanding athlete to another but is there an underlying meaning to what James has had to say?
Let me present you with this evaluation for arguments sake:
James despite his two Championship's with the Miami Heat has been berated throughout his career for lacking a 'Killer instinct" and has often been criticised for his seeming unwillingness to take the final shot for his team.
When a game comes down to its clutch moments, James has allegedly shied away from the spotlight and has shown reluctancy to take on the mantle for his team and drain a bucket as the buzzer signals.
There have been many cases where LeBron would also pass up the final shot and to a media showered in Michael Jordan greatness, who seemingly made every last second shot he took, James' dishing in the dying seconds does not sit right with them.
'The King' is a very cerebral player, his intentions are always to make the right play for his team, despite the backlash he may receive from the media, the right basketball play in most cases would be for the Miami Heat superstar to find the open man and often he does.
James highlights the impact Messi had on the final play of the Argentina game, with a hidden relation to his own case of passing up the final shot.
Messi is his "Type of player", strongly highlighting the fact you don't always have to score the goal to be the superstar, you have to make the right play, which was Messi's assist and simply do what is best for the team.
Whether I am delving too deep into what is just a compliment to Messi, you can take away from this article is that James does have a point, so much emphasis is placed in singular athletes in team sports that they are expected to carry an unearthly load.
Whether it be Messi or LeBron James, what is most important is that the team is successful, James recognises this in its entirety and with Messi as captain for the Argentinean National team, I'm sure he does too.
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