Tiger Woods hailed Lionel Messi as “the greatest footballer he’s ever seen” for the Argentine doing “stupid” things with the ball and “making many goalkeepers look bad” before the Paris Saint-Germain star won the World Cup.
Golf star Tiger Woods has thrown his weight into the soccer debate over who is the greatest player of all time as he paid tribute to Lionel Messi ahead of Argentina’s World Cup victory.
The Argentine scored two goals during the World Cup final at Lusail Stadium, to add to his total of seven goals for the tournament, and became the first player to win the tournament twice during his team’s victory over France on penalties.
Messi cemented his status as the all-time greatest for many fans on Sunday by clinching the only trophy he has ever slipped away from throughout his sensational career.
Tiger Woods (left) hails Lionel Messi (right) as the greatest soccer player of all time
However, Woods, another great athlete, has already named the No. 10 MVP in football.
Ahead of the World Cup final, Woods, who was competing in the PNC Championship this weekend, told the PGA Tour: ‘He’s the greatest footballer I’ve ever seen, I mean, you say Pele and Maradona but I still think what? Messi does with the ball stupid. Hold on to his foot.
It makes people miss [and] With that left foot of his I made a lot of goalkeepers look bad.”
Messi went into the 2022 tournament in Qatar in a nod to his final World Cup, but after the win there were already signs that, like Woods, he wasn’t quite ready to quit just yet.
The Argentine snatched the only trophy he’s ever eluded in his illustrious career
There have been suggestions that Messi might walk away from playing for his country if they win the World Cup, and to drop out at the highest level.
But speaking after receiving the trophy, Messi said: No, I will not retire from the national team. I want to continue playing as World Cup champions in the Argentina jersey.
After Sunday’s match, Messi has made 172 appearances for Argentina and scored 98 goals following his double goal against France.
Messi scored his first goal from the penalty spot to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Angel Di Maria made it 2-0 in the first half and Argentina looked poised for a smooth victory when he packed in sweeping passes with a clinical finish.
But 10 minutes before the end of the match, French striker Kylian Mbappe – Messi’s teammate in Paris Saint-Germain – turned the match upside down with two goals in two minutes, one of them from a penalty kick.
Messi led jubilant celebrations with his teammates after the final whistle on Sunday
That took extra time into the match, and for a moment it felt like the momentum had slipped away from Argentina.
Messi scored again, from close range, in the 108th minute but there was no final development.
Mbappe got a hat-trick after a handball in the France penalty area, and the match ended in a penalty shootout.
Messi and Mbappe scored penalty kicks, but Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Choameni missed a penalty kick for France.
Woods finished tied for eighth with his 13-year-old son, Charlie, at the PNC Championships on Sunday
Meanwhile, Woods finished tied for eighth with his 13-year-old son, Charlie, at the PNC Championships on Sunday.
Starting today, 13-year-old Woods and Charlie hit the trail in Tiger’s signature red.
But they were both going injured heading into this weekend’s competition in Florida and weren’t able to take the lead. They finished with a score of 20 under, six behind eventual winners Team Singh.