Rodrigo De Paul left a note for Lionel Messi in his room at the Argentina camp, and the midfielder understood everything.
Whatever happens during the World Cup, some are ready to say that everything is set for Messi to finally win the one prize he eludes.
The Portuguese players openly claimed that their loss to Morocco was because FIFA wanted to award the trophy to the Argentinian star.
It seemed a bit farfetched, considering they weren’t on the same side of the tie and had to get past world champions France at the time to reach the final.
Messi did not disappoint either, scoring in all of the tournament’s knockout matches and becoming the first man to do so in a single World Cup, having never scored beyond the group stages in his previous appearances.
He was instrumental in all of those matches, and was himself in the final, scoring once in normal time, again in extra time and scoring Argentina’s first penalties in the final shootout.
The Portuguese players weren’t the only ones who thought the trophy belonged to the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, though they didn’t think so in a fun way.
Messi’s teammate Rodrigo de Paul left a note in the striker’s room during Argentina’s September training spell saying they would become world champions.
De Paul posted a picture of a paper in which he wrote: “I am Rodrigo de Paul (7). It’s 9/18/2022. I sign this paper and say that two months from now we will win the World Cup.
De Paul hid it in Messi’s room during the national team camp. pic.twitter.com/eZTJs9lsjh
—MC (@CrewsMat10) December 18, 2022
The best part about the note is that the Atletico Madrid star wrote his number on it, just in case the PSG player didn’t know who he was.
At the time, the Albicelestes were in full preparation for the World Cup, facing Honduras and Jamaica in international friendlies.
They were nearing the end of an incredible 36 match unbeaten streak, with only one warm-up match against the United Arab Emirates.
Saudi Arabia broke that streak in their first group match in Qatar, a massive win for the Middle Eastern side.
This victory is a mismatch of Lionel Scaloni in this terribly delicate situation, a car that is a match in this moment – it is devenually a direct elimination match, a car that failed against Pologne or the Mexique after the elimination of the ‘Equipped.
De Paul did not have the same championship as his well-known teammate, but he was very important in midfield.
The former Udinese player ran a lot in the center of the field and was the victim of several errors on the part of the French players throughout the final.
While trailing 2-0 from the 36th minute, Didier Deschamps’ players looked frustrated.
However, they pulled themselves together in the 80th minute and a brace from Kylian Mbappe, within 95 seconds, forced the game into extra time, giving the French all their momentum.
Messi scored again in extra time but Mbappe became the second man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final and forced a penalty shootout.
However, France and the rest of the world were not aware of the remark, everyone might have been more relaxed if they had known that de Paul had already secured the score…