Why Qatar’s Emir Was All Bro With Messi

As Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe faced each other in the FIFA World Cup final, the winner turned out to be PSG.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar and PSG’s owner, was a happy man as he enveloped PSG players Messi, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria with a warm hug.


Social media noted how Mbappe seemed oblivious to French President Emmanuel Macron’s entreaties not to be upset at the loss.


Mbappe, who already has a winner’s medal from France’s 2018 World Cup win in Russia, was so distraught that he wore a blank expression as Macron offered words of consolation.

Argentina Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez too approached Mbappe after the penalty shoot-out.

The French superstar, who turns 24 on Tuesday, December 20, we wager, will make up for this loss when football’s powers gather in North America for the 2026 World Cup.


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