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Bukayo Saka reveals support from Arsenal legends & Arsene Wenger regret

The England winger revealed the Arsenal support network he has from ‘legends’ and his one big Wenger regret.

Bukayo Saka has revealed the regular support he gets from Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires.

The 21-year-old, a product of Arsenal’s famed Hale End academy, has been one of England’s standout performers in his first-ever World Cup, scoring three goals in as many games for the Three Lions.

Likewise, Henry and Pires also starred in the World Cup during their respective careers, helping France lift the trophy in 1998 before teaming up to go an entire Premier League season unbeaten with the famous Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ in 2003/04.

“We have so many French players, like Thierry and Robert Pires, that have been around the club and spoken to me and helped me,” Saka said in a press conference on Monday. 

“They still both support me to this day, so I’m grateful to them. Of course, on the pitch, they were magnificent, and they delivered silverware for Arsenal, so they’ll definitely be legends – always.”

Henry’s phone call & the Wenger regret

After Saka’s penalty miss in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy, Henry contacted the youngster to offer his support.

“It showed a lot of character from him to get my number and reach out to me,” Saka said of the former Gunners striker’s gesture. “After most Arsenal games, he reaches out to me. He’s still so passionate about the club; he’s an amazing person.”

However, while Saka is in regular contact with some of Arsenal’s finest players in history, the academy graduate is yet to meet the club’s legendary former manager Arsene Wenger.

“One of my biggest regrets – things I haven’t been able to do – was to meet Arsene Wenger,” Saka revealed. “I know how much everyone at the club loves him, and I know what he did for the club.”

Saka will hope to continue his fine World Cup form in England’s quarter-final tie against France on Saturday.

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What is the Albanian Eagle celebration and which players have used it previously?

THE ALBANIAN EAGLE celebration has previously caused outrage when performed by current Switzerland squad members Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.

But what does the gesture mean, as the Swiss prepare to take on Cameroon in their opening World Cup 2022 clash in Qatar.

Granit Xhaka scored the opening goal for Switzerland
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What is the Albanian Eagle?

Both Xhaka and Shaqiri celebrated their goals for Switzerland in their 2-1 win over Serbia by making the nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.

The players put their open hands together to look like a double-headed eagle – like the one displayed on the Albanian flag.

Shaqiri also wore boots bearing the flags of both Switzerland and Kosovo and was jeered by Serbian fans throughout the game.

And German-Albanian defender Shkodran Mustafi repeated the celebration in solidarity with the players during Arsenal’s win at Cardiff.

Why is it controversial?

FIFA are coming under pressure from Serbia to charge the goalscorers for their celebrations – with them demanding a two-match ban which is laid down by FIFA regulations.

Shaqiri was born in Kosovo (a former Serbian province which declared independence in 2008).

Serbia do not recognise  Kosovo’s independence and relations remain tense with many families choosing to move to other European counties including Switzerland.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored in the 90th minute to give them three points
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What did Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka say about the gesture?

Speaking to reporters after the game, Shaqiri said: “You can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion. I’m very happy to score this goal. It was nothing more than that. I think we don’t have to speak about this now.”

Xhaka, said: “Frankly, my opponents did not interest me at all.

“It was for my people, who always supported me. For those who did not neglect me, in my homeland, where my parents’ roots are. These were purely pure emotions.”

Were Xhaka and Shaqiri punished for the celebration?

Xhaka and Shaqiri were fined £7,630 each for the Albanian Eagle celebration, which was dubbed “unsportsmanlike conduct” by Fifa.

But they escaped a ban for “provocative gestures”, which was called for by the Serbian FA.

Captain Stefan Lichtsteiner was also fined £3,824 for making the gesture after Shaqiri’s winner.

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How to watch Portugal vs Switzerland worldwide for free

Do you want to know how and when you can watch Portugal and Switzerland on a live stream for free? We have got you covered!

As we continue with the knockout stage of the World Cup, Portugal take on Switzerland in the round of 16 this coming Tuesday.

Portugal enter the match as a small favourite and with lots of confidence after winning Group H. They have no intention of leaving the World Cup before the next round. Switzerland, on the other hand, emerged from a tricky opening round of fixtures to claim second place in Group E. The Swiss may be the underdogs here, but it’s worth remembering that they won the last meeting between these two sides 1-0 in June 2022.

If you want to follow to game live, we tell you how to make sure you don’t miss a minute of it!

How to watch Portugal vs Switzerland online

The upcoming clash between Portugal and Switzerland will start on Tuesday, 6th at 20:00 at Lusail Stadium. Heads up! The stated time is Central European Time (CET), which is the same as UTC+1. A live stream of this World Cup round of 16 action should be available to stream across the world for free. For those of you who can’t catch the game on TV where you are, fear not. We have a few simple ways to make sure you can watch the game online at zero cost!

1. Follow the game using a betting site

Bet365 offers live game coverage

If you want a cheap and quick solution, as well as a little fun on the side, Bet365 has you covered. The betting company has match coverage for you to keep up with the game between Portugal and Switzerland. So what’s the catch? You only need to register a funded account to follow the match online!

What’s so great about Bet365 game coverage

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  • No lags: You can follow the match without any lags as long as you have a stable internet connection.
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  • In-Play betting: Improve your chances of a winning bet and get an edge over the bookmakers by watching the match live before deciding on any bet.

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2. Watch World Cup matches through an online streaming platform

Try FuboTV for free

This service offers a 7-day free trial that allows you to watch the entire World Cup tournament. You can cancel online at anytime.

Why we recommend FuboTV

  • Watch top leagues from all over the world
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3. Stream Portugal vs Switzerland through online TV

If you want to watch Portugal vs Switzerland via online television, we have a complete list of online TV channels that broadcast this game this coming Tuesday. Below are channels that show World Cup matches regularly:

  • ITV
  • BBC

Both TV channels will broadcast all 64 World Cup games. While ITV have the first pick of the last 16 and quarter-finals, the BBC will show the semi-finals. The World Cup final will be broadcast across both services.

Watch any football stream using Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access (PIA) is one of the world’s leading VPNs. One big draw for us is that it offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee for a trial period and an all-access pass for FuboTV, BBC iPlayer, ITV and more! They even have a guide and instructions about how you can watch the World Cup games live. The guide can be accessed here at PIA.

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Follow these 3 steps to watch Portugal vs Switzerland with a VPN

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Sign up for a VPN service with ExpressVPN, NordVPN, or Surfshark and then download and install their apps.

2. Connect to a server

Open the VPN application and select the location of the service or channel that you want to access.

3. Choose a TV channel or stream to watch the match

In this last step, you visit the broadcast provider from the country of the chosen server location. Now, you can truly enjoy the World Cup clash between Portugal and Switzerland from anywhere you want.

Do you want to make watching Portugal against Switzerland a bit more interesting?

If you like some betting tips on Portugal vs Switzerland, our betting partners have listed probable outcomes that might inspire you.

Portugal scored the first goal in seven out of their last ten games. Switzerland scored the opening goal in five of a possible ten games.

Portugal witnessed over 2.5 goals in five of their previous ten matches across all tournaments in which they averaged 2.1 goals a game. Over 2.5 goals appeared in five of the last ten matches that Switzerland played across all tournaments. They scored one time on average in the process.

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How to stream Morocco vs Spain from anywhere for free

Find out how, where, and when you can watch live the World Cup game between Morocco and Spain from anywhere for free.

Morocco are preparing for a clash against Spain at Education City Stadium on Tuesday in what is a match in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

Don’t give up hope, they say, and coming through as Group F winners Morocco are high on confidence. However, they are still considered big outsiders to see the next round and might do well to sit back and await what move Group E runners-up Spain will try and pull off.

So ahead of this upcoming World Cup clash, below are ways you can check out to watch the game online.

When and where to watch Morocco vs Spain this coming Tuesday

This game will start on Tuesday, 6th at 16:00 at Education City Stadium. Please be aware that the stated time is Central European Time (CET), which is equivalent to UTC+1. A live stream of this World Cup round of 16 action will be available to watch online across the world. For those of you who can’t catch the match on television, fear not. We have a few easy ways to make sure you don’t miss it!

1. Follow the game using a betting site

Bet365 offers live match coverage

If you plan to do some betting for the match, Bet365 is the place to do so. The bookmaker offers live match coverage for its football games. Just register a funded account or make a bet, and then you are good to go and follow Morocco against Spain live.

What we like about Bet365’s live coverage

  • Low-cost: It does not matter how much money you have in your account!
  • No ads: You can enjoy the match without any interruption or annoying ads.
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  • Live betting: Improve your chances of winning by watching the match live while having an overview of all betting markets at the same time.

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2. Watch World Cup games via an online streaming platform

Sign up for a free trial with FuboTV

This service offers a 7-day free trial that allows you to watch World Cup or other tournaments live. You can cancel anytime.

Why is FuboTV a great pick

  • Watch top football from all around the world
  • Stream on mobile, TV or any other device
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3. Stream Morocco vs Spain via online TV

If you want to stream the World Cup 2022 online, we know what TV channels broadcast the World Cup matches live for free. All you need to do is download a VPN service to watch the matches online from anywhere in the world. A livestream for Morocco vs Spain will be live this coming Tuesday on the channels below:

  • ITV
  • BBC

Both TV channels will broadcast all 64 World Cup games. While ITV have the first pick of the last 16 and quarter-finals, the BBC will show the semi-finals. The World Cup final will be broadcast across both services.

Stream with the help of Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access (PIA) is fast, secure and a totally easy-to-use VPN! The best thing is that PIA offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee and full access to BBC, ITV, FuboTV and more! They even provide you with a guide about how you can watch the World Cup matches live using their VPN service. You can find the guide at PIA.

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Follow these 3 steps to stream Morocco vs Spain with a VPN

1. Download and install a VPN

Sign up for a VPN service with either ExpressVPN, NordVPN, or Surfshark and then download and install their apps.

2. Connect to a server

Open the VPN application and select the location of the service or channel that you want to access.

3. Find TV channel or stream to watch the match

Now, you visit the broadcaster from the country of the selected server location. Sit, relax, and watch Morocco against Spain from wherever you are.

Do you want to make watching Morocco against Spain a bit more interesting?

If you like some betting tips on Morocco vs Spain, our betting partners have listed probable outcomes that might inspire you.

Before their upcoming match, Morocco look back on 8 games without losing. The Atlas Lions have really struck gold when it comes to home form, having not lost any of their previous 23 matches at Education City Stadium.

Morocco scored the first goal in six out of their last ten games. Impressively, Spain scored the first goal in eight out of previous ten games.

Morocco saw over 2.5 goals in five of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of 1.7 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals came up in five of Spain’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of two goals in these matches. Spain are on a nice streak of scoring at least once in their previous 24 matches.

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World Cup: Portugal vs Switzerland – Recommended bets

Ace Football previews the World Cup round of 16 match between Portugal and Switzerland and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.

Portugal are to battle against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the World Cup at Lusail Stadium this Tuesday.

Having battled to work their way into the round of of 16 of the World Cup, both Portugal and Switzerland are very eager to go even deeper. No doubt we are in for a serious battle on Tuesday. Portugal sit as number 9, while Switzerland enter their match this coming Tuesday as number 15 in the FIFA world ranking.

Team form: Portugal vs Switzerland

Portugal Form

Portugal are looking to bounce back from a recent setback and get back to winning ways. In their three Group H matches, they first took out Ghana by 3-2, before beating Uruguay by 2-0. The winning streak came to an end against South Korea, who ran out as 2-1 winners. The Navigators were able to win six of their previous 10 games across all tournaments while drawing one of the games. They suffered defeat in three of these outings.

Switzerland Form

Six points are what Switzerland have to show from their three Group G matches. They first defeated Cameroon 1-0. This was followed by a 1-0 defeat against Brazil, before winning 2-3 against Serbia. The A-Team won five of their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also losing five times.

Betting facts for Portugal and Switzerland

Let’s have a look at some of the most interesting betting-relevant facts based on the stats from the most recent games that Portugal and Switzerland played across all competitions.

  • Portugal have scored in 11 of the last 13 matches
  • Portugal have won 3 of the last 4 matches while scoring more than 1.5 goals
  • Portugal have won 3 of the last 4 matches
  • In 3 of the last 4 Portugal matches, the sum of goals was over 2.5
  • Portugal have not lost 3 of the last 4 matches
  • In 10 of the last 12 Switzerland matches, the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Switzerland have conceded in 10 of the last 12 matches
  • Switzerland have won 5 of the last 7 matches
  • In 3 of the last 4 Switzerland matches, the sum of goals was under 2.5
  • Switzerland have not lost 5 of the last 7 matches

Players on top: Portugal vs Switzerland

Look no further than Bruno Fernandes, when searching for a marksman currently in good shape. He has hit the target five times lately for Portugal, while Breel Embolo has managed four goals in the last half dozen matches for Switzerland. No doubt, both are looking to add to their total once again.

Betting markets: Portugal vs Switzerland

Full-time result

Portugal claimed all three points six times in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing one along the way. They endured defeat in three of the games in this run. Switzerland have won five of their last 10 games, while drawing zero and losing five in this series of matches.

Both teams to score

Portugal scored the first goal of the match an impressive nine times in the last ten home games. Switzerland scored the opening goal in six of the last ten away from home. Of the previous 10 outings, Switzerland scored the opening goal five times, whereas Portugal were first on target in seven of their last 10 games.

Total goals

Portugal saw over 2.5 goals in five of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of 2.1 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals came up in five of Switzerland’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of one goal in these matches.

Betting prediction: Portugal vs Switzerland

To sum up, the upcoming match between Portugal and Switzerland seems to be a good betting opportunity. Considering the above statements, we have come up with a betting prediction for this World Cup game.

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World Cup: Morocco vs Spain – Betting preview

Tension is heightening as we are in the knockout stages of the World Cup with Morocco and Spain going toe-to-toe at Education City Stadium. The upcoming round of 16 match will kick off this coming Tuesday.

Having come this far in the World Cup, Morocco and Spain won’t budge without putting up a serious fight. We could be in for a long night at the Education City Stadium on Tuesday. Morocco bid welcome to Spain as number 22 in the FIFA world ranking, while the latter rank as number 7.

Team form: Morocco vs Spain

Morocco Form

Morocco should be high on confidence after finishing top of Group F with seven points. They started off drawing 0-0 with Croatia, before beating Belgium 0-2 and then Canada in a 1-2 win. The Atlas Lions were able to win seven of their previous 10 games across all tournaments while drawing two of the games. They suffered defeat in one of these outings.

Spain Form

Spain were inconsistent in their three Group E matches, which brought home four points. They claimed a 7-0 win against Costa Rica, before drawing 1-1 with Germany. This little unbeaten streak ended when Japan proved too strong in a 2-1 defeat. La Roja were able to win five of their previous 10 games across all tournaments while drawing three of the games. They suffered two defeats as well.

Betting stats and facts for Morocco and Spain

Here are some fun facts that could come in handy when placing bets on the upcoming game between Morocco and Spain. The facts are based on the stats from games played out across all tournaments.

  • Morocco have not lost 37 of the last 39 matches
  • In 16 of the last 18 Morocco matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Morocco have won 6 of the last 8 matches while scoring more than 1.5 goals
  • Morocco have won 6 of the last 8 matches
  • Morocco have won 6 of the last 8 matches and the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Spain have scored in the last 24 matches in a row
  • Spain have not lost 12 of the last 14 matches
  • In 6 of the last 8 Spain matches, the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • In 3 of the last 4 matches Spain played, both teams scored
  • In 3 of the last 4 Spain matches, the sum of goals was over 2.5

Interesting players: Morocco vs Spain

Looking at the market for a goalscorer, it seems a good idea to side with Hakim Ziyech, who is performing well for Morocco. He found the back of the net two times in his most recent outings. He’ll be out to add more goals against Spain. The visitors will be looking to Alvaro Morata to find the net once again, after managing to score in all three of La Roja’s World Cup games so far.

Betting markets: Morocco vs Spain

Full-time result

In their last 10 matches across all tournaments, Morocco won seven times, drew two and lost once. Spain claimed five wins, drew three times, and lost twice in their last 10 games across all tournaments. Morocco have gone through an impressive 8 games now without losing even once. The Atlas Lions are on an amazing streak of now 23 games in a row without defeat as the home team.

Both teams to score

Morocco scored first in seven of their last ten home games. Astonishingly, Spain scored the opening goal of the match in eight of their last ten games. The Spaniards also managed four wins without conceding a goal in their previous 10 matches.

Total goals

Morocco witnessed over 2.5 goals in five of their previous ten matches across all tournaments in which they averaged 1.7 goals a game. Over 2.5 goals came up in five of Spain’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of two goals in these matches. Luis Enrique’s men are also on a fine streak of scoring at least one goal in their last 24 matches.

Betting tip: Morocco vs Spain

To sum up, the upcoming match between Morocco and Spain seems to be a good betting opportunity. Considering the above statements, we have come up with a betting prediction for this World Cup game.

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World Cup 2022 LIVE: Southgate wants England to attack France as South Korea boss Bento QUITS after Brazil defeat

PORTUGAL manager Fernando Santos has spoken of his unhappiness at Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to being substituted last week against South Korea.

“Have I seen the images? Yes, I didn’t like it, not at all. I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it,” Fernando Santos said.

“But from that moment onwards everything is finished regarding that issue. These matters are resolved behind closed doors. It’s resolved.”

Elsewhere, Raheem Sterling missed England’s 3-0 World Cup win over Senegal after thugs broke into his home.

The thieves smashed into his home, as revealed by The Sun, forcing the Chelsea winger to fly back to the UK in the middle of the tournament.

England cruised to a 3-0 win over Senegal and will play France in the quarter-finals – after Les Blues dismantled Poland.

Brazil beat South Korea in their last-16 game, setting up a quarter-final with Croatia.

  • Morocco vs Spain
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Scotland’s hopes of going to World Cup 2026 get massive boost with 50% increase in teams as Fifa plan radical changes

THE 2022 World Cup in Qatar has had shocks and surprises, excitement and indifference, ecstasy and tears.

What hasn’t it had? Well, the presence of the Scotland national team, for one.

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This year’s World Cup in Qatar has had plenty to show, but it hasn’t had Scotland[/caption]

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Scotland lost to Ukraine in the play-offs for the tournament[/caption]

Steve Clarke‘s men lost to Ukraine in the semi-final of the Uefa playoffs back in June; Ukraine in turn lost to Wales, who headed to Qatar.

The 31 nations who qualified for the competition probably haven’t missed Scotland. But we’ve certainly missed out on being there.

Failure to qualify for the 22nd edition of football’s most prestigious tournament extended the Tartan Army’s barren run of featuring at Fifa’s global showpiece to 24 years.

The last time Scotland made it to the World Cup was 1998 and while the team itself went home in the group stage, the fans were recognised for their contribution in the stands, winning a Fair Play award.

Since then, their only experience of major tournament was at Euro 2020; another group stage exit and Covid-19 putting restrictions on fan numbers meant the return to football at that level was a somewhat underwhelming experience.

Okay, so, the good news?

Qualifying for the World Cup in 2026 will be a whole lot easier.

The number of teams that will compete in the tournament, hosted by the USA, Canada and Mexico, will be 48 as opposed to the current number of 32 – an increase of 50 percent. Incidentally, the last time the number of teams at the World Cup grew in number was in 1998.

While the majority of those 16 extra places are going to confederations that AREN’T Uefa, there will still be three more spots for European countries to take.

As it stands, the new qualification format for the 2026 World Cup hasn’t been revealed by Uefa, but an announcement is expected in the New Year.

L’Equipe in France reports that there may be fewer qualifying groups and added importance will be placed on the Uefa Nations League.

For this year’s World Cup, the first-placed team in every Uefa qualifying group progressed automatically while the second-placed teams and the two best Nations League group winners that finished outside the top two of their qualifying group advanced to the play-offs.

The two Nations League representatives were unseeded for those play-offs, as were the bottom four second-placed sides. It could be that Uefa makes the Nations League winners seeded this time round.

In terms of the World Cup itself, the proposed format for the finals has generated a lot of controversy recently.

When the decision was made to expand the tournament, four options were considered:

  • Expand to 40 teams (eight groups of five teams)
  • Expand to 40 teams (ten groups of four teams)
  • Expand to 48 teams (opening 32-team playoff round)
  • Expand to 48 teams (16 groups of three teams)

The final option was agreed upon by Fifa top brass and confirmed in January 2017.

But given the drama that unfolded over the course of the final round of group matches in Qatar, speculation has began to mount that Fifa could SCRAP the idea of three-team groups for 2026.

According to ESPN, Fifa has been forced into a rethink.

The original idea could enable to the two teams in the final group fixture playing for a specific result that would send both of them through, at the expense of the team not playing.

It’s also being reported that putting a penalty shootout at the end of each group game that ends in a draw – just like Scottish football’s League Cup – is a possibility.

Arsene Wenger, Fifa’s chief of global football, said on Sunday that in addition to the three-team option, the new format could be 12 groups of four teams, with the best third-placed teams advancing with the top two.

A third option is to split the World Cup into two separate halves of 24, each featuring six groups of four teams, akin to the way the NFL and NBA work in the USA and, closer to home, not too dissimilar to the new Champions League format. The winner of each half would meet in the final.

So, IF Scotland get to the 2026 World Cup, who knows IF it will be easier to make it out of the group stages. After all, what better way to return to the World Cup stage than to finally break the duck of having never made it into the knockout rounds?

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‘I gave Lionel Messi’s shirt to my DAD so that I wouldn’t lose it’ – Hearts ace Cammy Devlin opens up on jersey exchange

AFTER crashing out of the World Cup you’d be allowed to feel sorry for yourself.

But Hearts star Cammy Devlin is sure to be an exception after he managed to bag a once in a lifetime memento from his final game at the tournament, despite not kicking a ball in the full tournament.

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Combative midfielder Devlin won plaudits for being able to secure Messi’s shirt[/caption]

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Messi and Devlin shared a moment after the Last 16 match[/caption]

Lionel Messi stole the headlines on his 1000th career appearance as he rolled back the years with a vintage performance.

His first half strike and assist saw Argentina go 2-0 up against Australia.

Despite a wicked deflection halving the deficit for the Socceroo’s the South American’s held on to keep Messi’s dream of a stunning last dance alive.

And despite the disappointment, Devlin came away with Messi’s match worn shirt after his dazzling display – because nobody else wanted it!

The Jambos midfielder went viral after man marking the PSG star in the tunnel during his post match media commitments and securing the prize goods that was his shirt.

The images became popular within the Scottish football community, especially when Messi asked for Devlin’s shirt in return.

And it’s something that he will treasure forever, so much so, that he insisted that his dad took it back to Australia as hand luggage to keep it safe!

He told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I made sure Dad had it on his carry-on, not underneath, just in case something happened.

“I went to console all the boys first and then shook Messi’s hand and no one had said anything, so I just tried my luck and he said ‘I’ll see you inside,’ and that’s what happened.”

“I definitely wanted the other boys to have the opportunity first but no one took it, so I thought, ‘why not?’”

Former Rangers striker Jason Cummings couldn’t believe just how far he’d come little under a year after being left out of the picture at Dundee.

Despite making only one appearance at the World Cup, a substitute appearance off the bench against France, Cummings went viral after images caught him catching a chat with Messi after the full-time whistle.

He added: “I can’t really believe that we’ve done it. I’m just over the moon.”

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Ex-Brazil World Cup star and serial trophy winner looks unrecognisable with new hairstyle and goatee beard

A former Brazil and Chelsea star looks unrecognisable with a new hairstyle and trendy goatee beard.

But can you guess who it is?

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This Chelsea legend looks unrecognisable with a new hairstyle and goatee beard[/caption]

This former Stamford Bridge favourite used to run the show from midfield each week.

Making an instant impact in London, he spent five-and-a-half years with Chelsea.

And he also won an impressive 52 caps for Brazil, featuring at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

He played in all seven games at their home tournament eight years ago – which they were knocked out of in the semi-finals after an astonishing 7-1 defeat to Germany.

Guessed who it is yet?

Yes, it is Blues icon and former Brazilian midfield ace Ramires.

He spent his time at Chelsea with a smooth, shaved head and no facial hair.

But Ramires revealed a new look ahead of the club’s FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool earlier this year.

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Ramires won multiple trophies at Chelsea during a five-and-a-half year spell
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Ramires joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2010 for £18million, having just won a Portuguese league and cup double.

And he went on to score 34 goals in 251 games as a dynamic box-to-box midfielder.

He won a Premier League title, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League during his Stamford Bridge spell.

But he was shown the door in January 2016 when he joined the Chinese Super League revolution with Jiangsu Suning for £25m.

Ramires played 71 times for the Far East side before returning to Brazil with Palmeiras.

Making 43 appearances, he won the 2020 Treble before departing soon after.

Ramires was then without a club and eventually retired.