How Hakimi left Madrid to become ‘world’s best right-back’

When Achraf Hakimi’s stupendous free-kick sent Morocco 2-1 up against Malawi, there must have been a deep sense of mission accomplished for the wide defender.

Not only had he successfully turned the game around for the Atlas Lions, who fell behind to an early Frank Mhango cracker from around 40 metres, but finally got the last laugh in a mini-battle with Flames goalkeeper Charles Thom, who was proving to be a thorn in the full-back’s side.

Thom had thwarted Hakimi’s first-half free-kick and parried the 23-year-old’s close-range left-footed effort onto the post with half-time approaching, frustrating the Paris Saint-Germain man who probably wondered what it would take to beat the in-form shot-stopper.

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