Wojciech Szczesny reveals €100 bet with Lionel Messi before Poland vs Argentina penalty

Wojciech Szczesny claims he had a €100 wager with Lionel Messi before a contentious penalty was awarded during Poland’s 2022 World Cup group match against Argentina after a VAR review.

After assessing the potential penalty on his pitch-side monitor, Dutch referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the spot, much to the amazement of spectators and analysts.Information Guide Nigeria

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Szczesny captured Messi in midair as he attempted to clear the ball with an extended arm. Messi headed the ball, but it was not a clear opportunity to score.

The penalty was awarded after the Argentinian captain fell to the ground holding his face.

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However, Szczesny made an outstanding stop on Messi’s penalty attempt to keep the score tied at halftime.

“I immediately told the referee that I touched him (Messi) with my hand in the face, but I only hit him on the side of his face. I told him there was contact but I don’t think there is a penalty. The referee decided otherwise and that’s fine – I got to show off,” Szczesny, the former Arsenal goalkeeper who joined Juventus in 2017, was quoted saying by Goal.

“Now I can say that I knew where Messi would shoot, but at the time I wasn’t so sure. Leo looks at the keeper on some penalties and hits hard on others.

”I knew that if he was going to hit hard, it would be more to my left. I saw that he was not stopping, so I went, I sensed, I defended. I’m happy because that penalty gave something in the end. Very big satisfaction. I owed it to the team.”JAMB Result

During a separate interview with TV 2 Sport, Szczesny said, per the Daily Mail: “No I didn’t [think the penalty would be given].

“We spoke before the penalty and I told him I can bet him €100 that he wasn’t going to give it.

“So I’ve lost a bet against Messi. I don’t know if that’s allowed at the World Cup. I’m probably going to be banned for it. I don’t care right now.”NYSC portal

He added: “And I’m not going to pay him either! He doesn’t care about €100, come on!”

Asked if Messi already has enough money, Szczesny said: “Yeah, I think so.”

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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