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Saudi Arabia deny rumours over plans to buy a Rolls-Royce for every player after World Cup win over Argentina

Daniel Marland

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Saudi Arabia deny rumours over plans to buy a Rolls-Royce for every player after World Cup win over Argentina

Saudi Arabia prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud has denied suggestions he would buy each player from the national team a Rolls-Royce following their historic World Cup victory over Argentina.

Herve Renard's side stunned the two-time winners last Tuesday morning with a 2-1 victory at the Lusail Stadium.

It was the biggest win in Saudi football history, with Argentina a whopping 48 places above them in FIFA's world rankings.

But despite reports to the contrary indicating Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud would pay out for a car for each player, manager Renard set the record straight.

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"There is nothing true about this," the 54-year-old Frenchman said. "We have a very serious federation and ministry of sport and it is not the time to get something at this moment."

In 1994, Saeed Al-Owairan received a Rolls-Royce after scoring against Belgium at the World Cup.

Al-Owairan lit the competition up, with his strike in the United States eventually being voted the sixth-best in FIFA's Goal of the Century rankings.

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King Salman made last Wednesday a national holiday for the Saudi people on the back of the result.

Lionel Messi scored a penalty after 10 minutes to give Argentina a deserved lead. Lionel Scaloni's side had three goals ruled out for offside in the first half as the Saudi high line started to falter.

Herve Renard on the touchline against Argentina. Image credit: Alamy
Herve Renard on the touchline against Argentina. Image credit: Alamy

That all changed in the second half. Saleh Al-Shehri scored an equaliser just after the break after managing to get past Cristian Romero.

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Salem Al-Dawsari cut inside five minutes later to unleash an incredible effort too hot for Emiliano Martinez to handle.

Argentina couldn't find an equaliser, with second-half substitute Julian Alvarez's header likely their best effort.

Messi, who previously revealed this would be his final World Cup as a player, admitted his side 'messed up' in key moments.

"In five minutes of errors we lost the lead and found ourselves 1-2 down. We messed up, we threw crosses into the box and the game became a little complicated."

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Al-Dawsari and other Saudi players celebrate his winner. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Al-Dawsari and other Saudi players celebrate his winner. (Image Credit: Alamy)

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner refused to use the offside calls as an excuse.

He continued: "I saw that the offsides were very fair. I didn't see them through images, but if they were annulled, they would be the right decisions. There is no excuse."

As reported by factly.in, Saudi Arabia’s football team has denied any talks of players being gifted the car by the Prince.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Argentina, Football World Cup, Saudi Arabia, Football

Daniel Marland
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