The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, has promised each player in the national team a Rolls Royce Phantom.
A formidable Saudi Arabian side on Tuesday,November 22nd, shockingly defeated the Copa America winners,Argentina, 2-1 despite all odds being against them at the World Cup in Qatar.
It is not the first time that a Rolls Royce would be awarded to a Saudi Arabian player. Back in the 1994 tournament,Saeed Al-Owairan, received one of the luxury cars after he scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory against Belgium.
In 2022 however, the victory was bigger as Argentina had the best player in the world on their team, seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, yet Argentina could not get any point out of the match although they were the dominant team for most of the game.
Messi scored a penalty in the first 10 minutes of the game which saw the middle eastern team go into halftime without a goal in sight. Saudi Arabia turned the tide of the game around immediately after the second half resumed with Saleh Alshehri’s goal,at 48 minute levelling up with Argentina and Saleh Aldawsari’s 53rd minute winning goal.
The win was celebrated with a national holiday which was announced the day after the win by the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. All employees in public and private sectors as well as students in all phases of education were given the day off to celebrate the stunning victory.
The announcement was made on Twitter by the Saudi Gazzette, on Tuesday evening.
The tweet read, “King Salman orders that tomorrow, Wednesday, will be a holiday for all employees in public and private sectors as well as students in all phases of education in celebration of #SaudiArabia’s stunning victory against Argentina in #WorldCup2022.”
Saudi Arabia are currently top of Group C, being the only team in the group to have won so far in the tournament with Mexico and Poland playing out goalless draws, leaving two-time winners Argentina bottom of the group.