Mike Tyson Was a Die-Hard Fan of Lionel Messi in 2014 Before Argentina Lost Against Germany in FIFA World Cup Finals

Published 11/20/2022, 11:11 AM EST

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Lionel Messi was this close to winning a World Cup in 2014. The 2014 FIFA World Cup could have been the perfect tournament of Messi’s entire life had Argentina conquered Germany in Brazil. In the Brazil World Cup, Messi had 7 caps, 1 assist, and 4 goals. He gave the fans some textbook-worthy moments every time he scored on the field. Who could forget the beautiful angle and precision with which, from way outside Iran’s D-box Leo scored a jaw-dropping goal?

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With Aguero and Di Maria alongside, Messi demonstrated curves that triumphed hearts of football fans watching worldwide. Mike Tyson was among the 562 million people that watched the 2014 finals played between Germany and Argentina on that unforgettable night. In fact, the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ took to Twitter and expressed how much he enjoyed watching Messi play football as he rooted for team Argentina in Brazil.

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Tyson, who is well-known for his dominance in the sport of boxing, said, “Go Argetina! Love watching Messi play.” At 35, surrounded by hope and eager eyes, Messi is all set for the final World Cup of his football life. Last year, the magician ended his trophy drought with a Copa America win. A World Cup would complete the legacy of the unforgettable Messi.

On Tuesday, November 22, Argentina will play their first match against Saudi Arabia in this year’s World Cup. Tyson would definitely watch Argentina and his favourite Argentine. However, here is what Messi said ahead of the commencement of the bridging and 22nd World Cup at the CGTN Sports Scene.

Lionel Messi is confident with his beautiful group of players

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In an interview with CGTN Sports, LM10 spoke his mind. As per Messi, anything can happen in a World Cup – such a tough, complicated, and unpredictable tournament it is to him. Regarding the top teams, he said, “The big teams are the favourites. If I have to put any team on top, I would say that Brazil, France, [and] England, they are on top from the rest. But a World Cup is so tough, so complicated that anything could happen.”

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However, Messi and his squad are confident and willing. “We are very confident. We have a very beautiful group of players who are very willing,” added Messi, saying.

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Argentina has not won a World Cup since Diego defeated West Germany in 1986. Even Maradona would not be field side, praying with his arms wrapped around his chest this time when his nation will run the field. Yet Argentina has Messi. One more shot at the trophy. One more chance to watch ‘La Pulga’ take a flight.

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.
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