“LeBron James of Soccer Is More Like the Spencer Dinwiddie of Soccer” – American Fans Slam Christian Pulisic’s “Grueling” FIFA World Cup Claim After Injury During Loss in PL

Published 01/07/2023, 2:00 PM EST

Christian Pulisic, often referred to as the LeBron James of soccer is a 24-year-old American soccer player. Pulisic has been a key player for both Chelsea FC and the U.S. national team. Pulisic is not only a talented soccer player but also a tremendous leader. He was named captain of the USMNT in 2020, becoming the youngest player to captain the US soccer team.

Recently, in a Premiere League match against Manchester City, Pulisic had to be subbed off due to an injury. The injury came after Man City player John Stones caught him with a sliding tackle. The match ended 1-0 with a loss for Chelsea.


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American podcast Men in Blazers shared the video of the injury on Twitter. With a title saying, “Grueling World Cup run might be taking its toll on CP10”. This line definitely infuriated a lot of American soccer fans.

Fans slam the ‘Grueling’ FIFA World Cup claim

Fans were not happy with this statement. A lot of them pointed out the not-so-long run the USA has in the World Cup. Even though the USMNT made it into the final 16, fans expected more given the talent the American squad had after so long.

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Cristian Pulisic’s injury sparked some negative reactions from fans, with one going so far as to say “LeBron James of soccer is more like the Spencer Dinwiddie of soccer.” This was definitely uncalled for.

Here are some of the reactions from the fans:

Why Christian Pulisic is called “the LeBron James of soccer”


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It all started with an American show, where Christian Pulisic was referred to as “the LeBron James of soccer”. This caught the attention of the soccer world who were quick to turn this into memes. While given the talent Pulisic posses it is still too early for him to be given the title of LeBron James of soccer and be compared to the greats like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.


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Pulisic’s numbers may not be as eye-popping as Messi’s or Cristiano Ronaldo’s, but his potential is sky-high. But he is already one of the best-attacking players in the Premier League and he’s only getting better. Pulisic has all the makings of a global superstar. He’s got the talent, he’s got the looks, and he’s got the personality.  He is the complete package. The only thing that Pulisic doesn’t have right now is the trophies. But if he continues to progress at the rate he is, it’s only a matter of time before he starts racking those up too.

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Saransh Chauhan

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Saransh Chauhan is a Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. He has an open-minded set of interests, from soccer and video games to anime and music. As an avid gamer, he enjoys playing all genres of video games.