LeBron James Tweets Admiration of Lionel Messi's World Cup Assist

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with Angel di Maria after di Maria scored his side's only and winning goal in extra time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Argentina defeated Switzerland 1-0 to move on to the quarterfinals. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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LeBron James has often been criticized for passing the ball late in games, but as Lionel Messi showed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, passing can be the right decision.

Messi's pass set up his teammate for the game-winning goal late in extra time, and because of the goal, Argentina defeated Switzerland in the round of 16. Messi is arguably the best scorer in the world, but he saw that his teammate had a better look than he did, so he passed the ball.

James heard about Messi's late-match pass and expressed his admiration for the superstar's decision on Twitter:

Critics don't like it when superstars "run" from the big moment by passing, but sometimes, passing is the right move. As long as the teammate does his part, passing can lead to great results. 

Messi's pass showed the world what James already knew: Passing in the clutch can lead to a victory.

[LeBron James, h/t SB Nation]