Manchester City star Julián Álvarez has revealed how he has never felt so low in football as when he was sat on the bench for Argentina’s win over Mexico at the World Cup.

The Manchester City striker has been speaking to Star + on ESPN about his career so far and the Albiceleste’s eventual win in Qatar.

The striker was a part of the squad that eventually won in the Middle East, initially starting the tournament on the bench before Lionel Scaloni changed things up and made him a key player.

That means he was sat on the bench for the opening two games, the defeat to Saudi Arabia in the opening game and the following win over Mexico in the second game.

Both of those games saw him come off the bench midway through the second half before he came into the team after that, bagging goals against Poland, Australia and then a double over Croatia in the semi-final.

Before that he had been sat on the sidelines watching on as his side struggled, and the Manchester City star admits that game against Mexico, which Argentina had to win to ensure they made it to the knockout stages, was arguably the worst moment of his career so far.

“The second game, against Mexico, was very hard, there were already six finals, we had no more margin for error, not at all,” he said.

“I was on the bench, and I think I have never felt so awful. I had never felt so afraid because we were close to being eliminated from a World Cup in the second game.

“After that (the victory against Mexico), we already had much more confidence for the third game, it was like we were almost thinking about the round of 16.”