Fans love it when Argentina star Cristian Romero plays a thigh pass to the floor to Emi Martinez in the 94th minute to avoid a back pass

YOU won’t see many pieces of bolder or quicker thinking in any football game – let alone the added time in the World Cup final.

Argentina’s Cristian Romero wowed fans when, on the ground, he used his THIGH to deflect the ball back toward keeper Emiliano Martinez – avoiding a back pass.

Cristian Romero was on his knees to pass the ball back to Emiliano Martinez

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Cristian Romero was on his knees to pass the ball back to Emiliano MartinezPhoto credit: Reuters
Romero put up a mighty battle with French hat-trick hero Kylian Mbappe

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Romero put up a mighty battle with French hat-trick hero Kylian MbappeCredit: Alamy

Vibrant French sub Randal Kolo Muani was inches behind the duo – scenting blood and a dramatic winner.

But Tottenham centre-back Romero was on his knees as he calmly slipped the ball into the outstretched arms of Aston Villa’s Martinez.

This intervention summed up an amazing climax of normal time.

Lionel Messi’s penalty and assist for Angel Di Maria’s fine strike gave Argentina a 2-0 lead after a dominant first half.

And France remained second best until Kylian Mbappe struck a late free-kick and brilliant equaliser.

Social media applauded Romero’s cool head during the hottest moments.

One fan wrote: “Insanely fast thinking by Romero to leg the ball to Martínez to avoid the back pass – that was underestimated.

An observer asked: “Back pass no more?”

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But that prompted the immediate reply: “I was wondering that too the other day but apparently not what made Romero super smart under the circumstances.”

Messi later reacted with almost as much skill to put Argentina ahead after a rebound early in the second half of extra time.

But Mbappe soon completed his hat-trick from the point.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6943487/argentina-romero-thigh-backpass-france-final/ Fans love it when Argentina star Cristian Romero plays a thigh pass to the floor to Emi Martinez in the 94th minute to avoid a back pass

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