Football fans on Tuesday took to social media to ruthlessly drag Lionel Messi, who has always been in the greatest of all time (GOAT) debate with Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, and Argentina after their shock loss to Saudi Arabia in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Argentina were beaten 2-1 by less-fancied Saudi Arabia in their opening Group C match at the Lusail Stadium.
The South Americans had taken the lead with a tenth-minute Messi penalty to the fans’ excitement in the stadium. They thought they had doubled their lead through Lautaro Martinez in the 28th minute, but the Inter Milan forward’s goal was ruled out for offside.
Argentina had 10 offsides in the game, with Saudi Arabia, led by Herve Renard, keeping a high line.
Saudi Arabia levelled in the 49th minute through Saleh Al-Shehri, and Salem Al Dawsari scored the winner in the 53rd minute.
The Arabs ended the game with six yellow cards after scoring their goal as they defended their lead with grit to achieve possibly the most upsetting result in World Cup history.
However, fans and bettors did not appear pleased with the result as they ruthlessly dragged Argentina, led by Messi, on social media.
Below are some tweets by disappointed fans.
Saudi Arabia don use G.O.A.T Do Kabab and Mutton shawarma pic.twitter.com/3XW12SL8ik
— Papijnr (@Papijnr0) November 22, 2022
Saudi really didn’t wait for Eid to sacrifice the G.O.A.T pic.twitter.com/URJWWQVhpb
— Mohammed (@m_eggz) November 22, 2022
A rare picture of your G.O.A.T Leo Messi in the hands of Saudi Arabia players in Qatar today.
If no be FIFA sef, how would you present a G.O.A.T to the Arabs despite knowing how much they love meat. pic.twitter.com/KYUj26KJnu
— Muhsin Onyedịkachukwu (@__MUHSEEN__) November 22, 2022
Media: Messi is the G.O.A.T
SAUDI ARABIA: say no more !!
— iam_eric (@heath256) November 22, 2022
Una forget say Saudi na Islamic country; them no dey use eye see G.O.A.T
— Caleb Omah (@CalebOmah) November 22, 2022
Saudi Arabia current situation after making a meal out of our G.O.A.T Messi pic.twitter.com/2zhyYxQYVM
— Papa Usna (@solidad__temple) November 22, 2022
— hannah_nziza (@hannah_nziza) November 22, 2022
Someone’s G.O.A.T against Saudi Arabia today…
— Mkpukpu Ekene Gabriel (@GMkpukpu) November 22, 2022
Everyone: Messi is the G.O.A.T
Saudi Arabia: pic.twitter.com/Mt5MDvH7vn
— mimahskylar11 (@skylarjemimah) November 22, 2022
The Saudis don’t joke with goats
Cc G.O.A.T Dybala Scaloni Penalty pic.twitter.com/JxTI7hg34i
— Call me Dami Wealth (@damiwealthmusic) November 22, 2022