The Saudi Arabia fan who went viral for asking “Where’s Messi?” has become an Argentina supporter
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The Saudi Arabia supporter who went viral for mocking Lionel Messi live on television is now supporting Argentina in the World Cup final.
Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history after running out 2-1 winners over Argentina in their opening Group C game last month.
It feels like a lifetime ago, but it looked like Messi and co. were destined for an early exit from the competition.
One fan, in particular, decided to rub this in immediately after the game.
During a live broadcast, the unnamed supporter approached the camera to let his feelings be known.
He had a simple question. Decked out in his country's colours, he asked: "Excuse me, where is Messi?"
The man then checked the reporter's pockets to find the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner. Arguably one of the best videos to come out of this year's tournament, it quickly went viral on social media.
Both teams' form would go in opposite directions following that game. Argentina haven't been beaten since, with their latest result a comfortable 3-0 win over Croatia.
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, were beaten by Poland and Mexico, which saw them finish bottom of Group C. Life comes at you fast.
The fan in question has changed his allegiance mid-tournament.
He was interviewed outside the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday, wearing his trademark sunglasses plus an Argentina scarf.
You have to respect the s**housery at this point. Maybe Messi's performances in Qatar have made him a believer?
The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored five goals and registered three assists in his six games so far, putting him joint-top of the Golden Boot rankings with Kylian Mbappe.
Messi has confirmed Sunday's final will be his final World Cup game as a player.
He told reporters: "I am very happy for finishing my journey in World Cups in a final, to play the last game in a final. That is really very gratifying," he said.
"Everything I lived in this World Cup has been emotional, seeing how much it has been enjoyed in Argentina.
"There are a lot of years from this year to the next one. I don't think I will be able to do that. To finish this way is brilliant."
At least he'll have his biggest fan cheering him on this weekend.