Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes: Juventus Stars Weigh World Cup 2022 Medals

Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes: Juventus Stars Weigh World Cup 2022 Medals

  • Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes are still savouring Argentina's World Cup victory
  • The Juventus players played an important part for their country in Qatar in December
  • Both these stars are already back in Serie A action as the Old Lady chases down Napoli

It has been a month since Argentina players achieved their wildest dreams - winning the FIFA World Cup.

Juventus players, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes played an integral part in helping Lionel Messi win his world cup.

Di Maria in particular starred in the final against France, with a goal and an assist of sorts.

Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, World Cup trophy, Argentina, Juventus
Angel Di Maria kisses his World Cup medal on December 18, 2022. Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA.
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It was a truimph achieved after a painstaking time in Qatar. The Lionel Scaloni coached side began their campaign on sour note by going down to minnows, Saudi Arabia.

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Later on, the South Americans recovered in subsequent games to top their World Cup group.

La Albiceleste then beat Australia in the round of 16, then suffered two near-shocks in the quarter-finals and final.

The Netherlands and France clashes saw Argentina come from two goals down to force the games into extra time and post-match penalties respectively.

Weighing a World Cup medal

In a video shared by Juventus' official YouTube account, the two players are seen measuring their World Cup gold medals.

Surprisingly, Di Maria's medal is heavier than Paredes'. Di Maria's medal weighs 441 grams while Paredes' weighs 429 grams.

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Messi prayed before Mundial win

At the same time, Sports Brief reported that Messi looked up at the sky before whispering a prayer to his late grandmother, prior to Argentina winning the 2022 World Cup.

The veteran was a beacon of calm amid frequent outbreaks of pandemonium, in what has been described as the greatest World Cup final in history between his country and France.

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But before accomplishing his lifelong ambition, Messi sought divine intervention with a small prayer to Celia, who is credited with assisting his iconic career.

Argentina to give up trophy

Sports Brief also reported on Argentina receiving a replica of the coveted World Cup trophy, and not the original golden trophy.

The original Mundial trophy is believed to be kept at the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, and is 36.5 centimetres tall of 18-karat gold.

The South Americans will instead take home a trophy made of bronze and coated with gold, along with their World Cup winners' medals.

Source: Sports Brief News