French President Emmanuel Macron has comforted a heartbroken national football team after losing to Argentina in the FIFA World Cup final.
Lionel Messi’s side edged out France on penalties after France striker Kylian Mbappe’s historic hat-trick brought them back into the game.
Footage showed Macron crouching on the pitch, trying to comfort a visibly disappointed Mbappe.
The French president also shared a video from the football team’s dressing room where he can be seen talking to the players. He captioned the video “Fiers de vous” – which means “proud of you”. He was seen addressing team members, overwhelmed by failure.
Fiers de vou. pic.twitter.com/9RMjIGMKGU
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 18, 2022
In an earlier tweet, he congratulated Argentina on their victory and praised the fighting spirit of the French players. “You have thrilled your supporters across the country and around the world,” his message to the team read.
The French team fell behind 0-2 at halftime, but in the second half, Mbappe showed off and scored two goals in a row. After 90 minutes, the two teams drew 2-2 and the game entered overtime. Messi then scored and France seemed to be doomed. Only, that’s not the case. Mbappe equalized the score and brought the game to a penalty shootout, which the Argentine narrowly won.
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