Lionel Messi winning the World Cup has delighted the vast majority of the footballing world. Not just Argentina supporters, but neutral football fans in general have enjoyed seeing the seven-time Ballon d’Or win that one major trophy that was evading him all through his career.
There is, of course, a reason for that. Messi’s quality and talent is unmatched and it’s a joy for any football fan to watching him play.
So the end result of watching him lift the World Cup after enjoying an iconic career and accomplishing his ultimate dream was a fairytale that warmed the hearts of millions of fans.
Leo himself is basking in the glory of Argentina’s success since winning the final against France and celebrations are not going to stop anytime soon.
He has absolutely filled his Instagram account with pictures of him with the World Cup trophy, which basically just proves how attached he was with the dream of winning it.
While the majority of the footballing fraternity is enjoying Leo’s joy, there are some fans who aren’t that appreciative.
Some Cristiano Ronaldo fans are angry to see him win the trophy ahead of their idol, who was eliminated in the quarter-finals itself and benched for the two biggest games of Portugal’s World Cup campaign.
But there are also the French supporters who are really angry that they were denied a second-consecutive World Cup win by Messi & co.
France’s fans went through a rollercoaster of emotions in the game, seeing their team come down from being 2-0 down to make it 2-2 thanks to the heroics of Kylian Mbappe.
They went down 3-2 in extra-time as well, but Mbappe came up big by scoring a penalty to score a hat-trick and become the first player with a World Cup final hat-trick since Geoff Hurst in 1966.
Les Bleus experienced heartbreak in the penalty shootout, when the heroics of Emiliano Martinez allowed Argentina to win.
It appears that some French fans are still sour with the loss. That’s why one pub in France has placed a Messi PSG jersey on the floor of their entrance for the visitors to use as a doormat. With that, they’ve also put up a sign that reads: “remember to wipe your feet when you enter.“
Going by the state of the white PSG jersey, which is their away kit for this season, a lot of the visitors have responded to that by wiping their feet on the shirt before entering the pub.
This might seem childish to some, but there are questions being raised on how Messi will be received by the French fans when he returns to action in the Ligue 1 with PSG.
There seems to be a lot of animosity between the Argentine and French fans against each other’s teams.
Argentina fans burnt a cardboard cut-out picture of Mbappe on his 24th birthday on Tuesday and a plush TMNT toy was even thrown at Messi during the open-bus parade, in a dig at Mbappe.
PSG will hope that this doesn’t spiral to create tensions between the two players themselves, as they want to have a prolific second half of the season and finally end their Champions League curse at the end of this season.