Cape Town – South African multinational fast-casual chain, Nando’s did not miss the chance to poke fun at Lionel Messi after the Argentinian and his team suffered a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Messi was unable to save his national side from a 2-1 defeat, despite converting from the penalty spot early in the first half to give his team the lead. A 48th-minute goal by Saleh Alshehri levelled matters before a goal in the 53rd minute by Salem Aldawsari was enough to seal Saudi’s victory.
Nando’s social media team, as usual, did not miss out on the opportunity to display their wit.
“It’s getting Mess-i on the field. No foul play over here,” they wrote in a picture they uploaded to social media.
— NandosSA (@NandosSA) November 22, 2022
The post was met with hilarious reactions on social media.
“Nandos you stout ding,” tweeted @AngelicaRefiloe in reply.
— Marvel (@I_am_aMarvel) November 22, 2022
South Africans weren’t the only ones mocking the Argentinian icon. Saudi Arabian fans trudged around the stadium after the final whistle looking for Messi. They visited a reporter who was live, asking him where Messi is.
Watch the hilarious video here:
@harimaumalaya_hm Where is messi? Where is messi? Where is messi? 🤔 #WhereIsMessi #LionelMessi #fifaworldcup #FIFAWorldCupQatar2022 #DemiMalaysia #harimaumalaya ♬ original sound – Harimau Malaya Official
@senen98_ La celebración de Arabia 🤐 #tiktokfootballacademy #deportesentiktok #seleccionargentina #arabiasauditaargentina #messi #leomessi #messi10 #mundial2022 #mundialqatar2022 ♬ Arhbo [Music from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Soundtrack] – Ozuna & GIMS & RedOne
Picture: Picture: Twitter/ @NandosSA
Compiled by Junaid Benjamin