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Alexis Mac Allister: 'One of our own' World Cup winner being hailed in Cushendall

One of the stars in Argentina's third World Cup victory over holders France, Alexis Mac Allister, who is being claimed to be a long-lost son of the Co. Antrim village.

The Mac Allisters in the South American nation, including Alexis's two footballer brothers, Francis and Kevin, have not forgotten their roots, even though his ancestors may have sailed from these shores in the late 1700s or early 1800s.

The 23-year-old midfielder for Brighton and Hove Albion was a big part of Argentina's historic win. After a penalty shootout, his team beat France 4-2, with extra time ending 3-3.

According to locals who spoke with the BBC, there wasn't much else talked about in the village when the family connection was revealed prior to the glamorous event in Qatar.

"Toward the beginning everybody thought it was somewhat of a breeze up yet it's veritable at this point. According to Dominic McAlister, proprietor of the shop, "a lot of boys have googled it, and it appears that his family originally came from Cushendall."

"It appears that his great, great, great ancestors left Cushendall in the late 1700s or early 1800s. We have been watching to see if we are connected in any way because it has been the entire conversation.

To be honest, there wouldn't be many left if the McAlisters left Cushendall. There's somewhat of a buzz. Assuming that he wins we'll need to go out and celebrate.

"It's possible to get him to Cushendall; stranger things have happened. If that's the case, we'll give it a shot and get in touch with him. I can only say, "Come on Argentina!"

Lynette Fay, who works as a broadcaster for the BBC, tweeted: During today's #ArgentinaVsFrance matchup, we heard the phrase, "Look at the big Cushendall head on him," referring to Alexis Mac Allister. It was a wonderful match, and I feel sorry for Mpabbe. hat trick in a World Cup final, but he was on the losing team; however, Messi is a true gentleman.