Herve Renard, the coach of Saudi Arabia, and striker Saleh Al-Shehri have denied reports that each player received a Rolls Royce following their victory over Argentina.
A brief about Coach of Saudi Arabia denies that after historic victory over Argentina, each player will receive a Rolls Royce
When the athletes returned from Qatar, it was previously announced that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud would give each of them a Rolls Royce Phantom. But Renard has dispelled the rumours, claiming that “there is nothing factual about this.”
“We have a very responsible federation and ministry of sport, so this is not the time to make a purchase. We have just played one game, but we still have two crucial group stage games left, and we’re hoping for more “During a news conference, Renard reportedly said.
Saleh Alshehri, a striker for Saudi Arabia, also shot off rumours, saying, “We are here to serve our country & our best, therefore that’s our biggest achievement.”
So if Saudi players do eventually acquire Rolls Royces, it would be appropriate. After all, their 2-1 surprise victory over tournament favourites Argentina was a historic upset.
Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina 2-1 in their opening match at Lusail Stadium in Qatar, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
After ten minutes of play, Lionel Messi converted a penalty to give Argentina the lead. But in the second half, Saudi Arabia came roaring back, scoring twice in five minutes to leave La Albiceleste speechless.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina was defeated by Saudi Arabia, the lowest-ranked team in the World Cup and the 51st-ranked team overall, ending Argentina’s 36-game winning streak.
Crown prince Salman chose to give each member of the Saudi Arabian team a Rolls Royce as compensation for their performance in the game, which resulted in the declaration of a public holiday in the Gulf State.
When the athletes return from Qatar, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is rumoured to give each of them an RM6 million Rolls Royce Phantom. The luxurious Phantom starts at £363,600. (Rs 3.5 crore).
After scoring against Belgium in the World Cup in 1994, former Saudi forward Saeed Al-Owairan received a Rolls Royce.
Al-Owairan dominated the competition, with his goal against the United States eventually ranked sixth in FIFA’s Goal of the Century rankings.
Saudi Arabia has only won three World Cup games before their unexpected victory.
Saudi Arabia currently leads Group C because of its outstanding performance against Argentina. Saudi Arabia will next face Poland, who drew their opening game against Mexico.