Messi: Peter Drury Opens Up on How Ballon d’Or Winner Made Him Cry After Argentina’s World Cup Win

Messi: Peter Drury Opens Up on How Ballon d’Or Winner Made Him Cry After Argentina’s World Cup Win

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
November 10, 2023 at 3:40 PM
  • Lionel Messi's success at the 2022 World Cup moved Peter Drury to tears
  • Drury, who has become a household name in football due to his poetic commentary, could not hide his emotions
  • He had predicted a 2-0 win in favour of Messi's Argentina but had to endure an emotional rollercoaster

Respected football commentator Peter Drury has shared how Lionel Messi's performance, leading Argentina to World Cup victory in Qatar 2022, moved him to tears.

Before his global triumph in the Middle East, Messi had faced disappointment with Argentina at the World Cup final in 2014 and had grappled with the weight of enormous expectations on the international stage since his debut as a teenager.

However, on a night filled with drama and heightened emotions, Messi, the former Barcelona and PSG star, finally achieved World Cup glory.

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Peter Drury has disclosed he shed tears after Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to World Cup glory. Photos by Mike Egerton and Simon Bruty
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The iconic eight-time Ballon d'Or recipient secured the elusive prize with two flawless penalties, perhaps addressing the only perceived flaw in his game.

Messi's impeccable performance at Qatar 2022

Messi netted seven goals during the 2022 World Cup, just one less than the eventual Golden Boot winner, Kylian Mbappe.

As reported by GOAL, the 36-year-old concluded the tournament with the joint-highest number of assists (three) and key passes (21) while also registering more shots on target (13) than any other player.

The Inter Miami superstar made history by becoming the first player in World Cup history to score in the group stage, round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final in a single tournament, per FIFA's official website.

Having participated in five World Cups, Messi remains unparalleled in overall goal contributions, boasting 13 goals and eight assists to his name.

How Messi moved Drury to tears

Peter Drury, a prominent figure in professional sports broadcasting, is renowned for his lyrical commentary during football broadcasts, earning him a household name.

His expansive vocabulary transforms routine plays into emotionally stirring experiences for the audience.

However, during Messi's triumphant moment of securing the FIFA World Cup—the Holy Grail of football—Drury, usually composed, was moved to tears.

In the final, he had anticipated a 2-0 victory for Messi's Argentina, but Mbappe's late goals disrupted Drury's expectations, leading to extra time.

Despite Mbappe's historic hattrick, La Albiceleste ultimately emerged victorious, making the World Cup final a profoundly emotional experience for the commentator.

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Peter Drury picks between Messi and Ronaldo

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that two years ago, the renowned football commentator, known for his poetic commentary, found himself engaged in a conversation about the controversial GOAT (Greatest of All Time) topic, and his comments from that discussion have resurfaced online.

Despite maintaining impartiality in his commentary, Drury had to choose a side in this particular conversation and expressed his preference for Messi, considering him a legend in his own right.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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