- Argentina suffered a shocking defeat to minnows Saudi Arabia in their opening Group C encounter of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar
- This was the first time La Albiceleste have lost a game where the 35-year-old has scored since 2009 versus Spain, and ends their unbeaten streak
- Lionel Messi and his team willhave to regroup and get their bid for a third World Cup title back on track in their next game against Mexico
Football fans across the micro-blogging app Twitter have made a mockery of Lionel Messi, as Argentina stumbled to an unexpected opening-day defeat against Saudi Arabia.
Saudi clawed back from a first-half Messi penalty goal to secure one of the biggest World Cup upsets, as the Green Falcons secured a 2-1 win over the two-time world champions.
The shocking result means that the Asian country brought Argentina's impressive 36-game unbeaten run to a crashing halt.
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Social media users comment:
@Abuloted questioned Messi's status as one of the greatest players to have ever graced the sport:
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"He was never in the goat debate."
@a0bwogo made light work of Messi's below-par display against Saudi:
"The goat grieves over his life and the butcher over his meat!"
"Saudi Arabia saw the "GOAT" play and decided today is Eid Ul Adha and then roasted the GOAT."
Another user @kwadwosheldon quizzed:
"Is this your GOAT?"
@Vettel_AMR argued Messi has been overhyped:
"The GOAT debate is forced. Messi has been hyped all season for this World Cup."
Saudi Arabia stun Argentina
Saudi Arabia stunned Lionel Messi's Argentina on Tuesday, beating the two-time winners 2-1 in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
Salem Al-Dawsari hit a stunning winner to sink the red-hot favourites, bringing the South American side's massive unbeaten run to a shuddering halt.
The win was fully deserved, with Saudi Arabia coming from behind after Saleh Al-Shehri cancelled out an early Lionel Messi penalty.
Saudi coach plots Argentina downfall
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the head coach of Saudi Arabia, Herve Renard believes his charges could cause an upset when they took on Argentina in their World Cup opener.
The French gaffer led the Middle East nation to the Mundial, after topping their group in the second round of the Asian qualifiers.
The Green Falcons have been preparing for football's biggest showpiece in Qatar, although their most recent friendly game against Croatia resulted in a 1-0 defeat.