“Richarlison Is Way Bigger”: Former Lakers Star Calls Out Lebron James’ Rare “Appearance” at FIFA World Cup as Fans Troll

Published 11/25/2022, 10:56 AM EST

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is making all the headlines despite being sidelined due to injury. Recently, when Cameroon took on Switzerland in the FIFA World Cup, James could be seen taking to the field, or so it seemed.

It wasn’t LeBron himself of course. Rather, it was Bryan Mbeumo, a Cameroonian player who looked just like the Lakers superstar. Former Lakers star Kyle Kuzma was also dragged into the debate as fans compared him to Brazilian star Richarlison. However, the comparison turned ugly as fans roasted Kuzma on Twitter.


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Fans roast former Laker who acknowledged LeBron James’ lookalike

Bryan Mbeumo of Cameroon was all over the news recently. An in-game photo of the forward sent shockwaves across all social media platforms as he looked quite like four-time NBA champion LeBron James.

Sep 26, 2022; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forard LeBron James (6) reacts during Lakers Media Day at UCLA Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar himself acknowledged the comparison. Taking to Instagram, he wrote, “I mean I got work to do in other places too!”

This viral post was also acknowledged by Kyle Kuzma. Interestingly enough, the former NBA champion was compared to Brazilian star Richarlison. 


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However, this comparison did not end well for Kuzma as people took to Twitter to provide their opinions with some calling Richarlison a bigger star than Kuzma. Here are some of the best reactions.

Kyle Kuzma certainly wasn’t expecting that kind of reception to his post on Twitter.

When will LeBron be back in action?

The San Antonio Spurs take on the Los Angeles Lakers next and LeBron James has a chance to make his comeback. Sources have confirmed that LeBron indeed can take to the court against the Spurs. 


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Nov 9, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

He missed five straight games following his injury on the 9th of November. The Lakers took on the Clippers when James suffered a groin injury. He is averaging 24.9 points, 6.9 assists, and 8.8 rebounds this season.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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