FIFA created a fierce controversy between Messi’s fans and Cristiano Ronaldo's fans
The tweet confirmed Messi is GOAT
After Argentina won the 2022 World Cup title, FIFA posted a tweet claiming that superstar Lionel Messi is "GOAT" (The Greatest Of All Time). This is to confirm that the debate Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in football has been settled. Also in the tweet, the FIFA added: "The ultimate prize is now part of the collection (Argentina's 2022 World Cup championship). The legacy is complete."
FIFA's tweet made Ronaldo's fans angry
On the other hand, fans of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo reacted negatively and even disrespectfully to this tweet. They were enraged and accused the organization of being biased in confirming Messi's level over that of a Portuguese footballer. Many people believe that Cristiano Ronaldo's Euro 2016 (2016) victory was even more difficult than Messi's World Cup victory in 2022. So even though the Portuguese player has not won the World Cup, he is still equally great.
Meanwhile, many people agreed with the opinion of FIFA in this tweet. According to the Spanish newspaper AS, Messi's Instagram post about the 2022 World Cup championship has the most "likes" in the social network's history, demonstrating that the Argentine player is widely regarded as the "GOAT." The mixed reaction from Messi’s fan and Cristiano Ronaldo’s fan created very fierce debate and criticism.
The second tweet related to Ronaldo
In order not to affect public opinion, FIFA's account then deleted the tweet recognizing Messi as "GOAT" and replaced it with the tweet: "Thumbs up if you really enjoy the FIFA World Cup." accompanied by an image of Cristiano Ronaldo giving the thumbs up to indicate the number 1 and the like button.
The replacement tweet of FIFA
However, this tweet also could not satisfy football fans when they claimed that FIFA wanted to mock Cristiano Ronaldo. This star did not have a positive achievement in the World Cup of 2022. He only scored one goal, and Portugal lost to Morocco in the quarterfinals. In addition, Messi's supporters also reacted to FIFA, saying that they deleted the tweet just because they wanted to flatter Cristiano Ronaldo's fan.
In the end, FIFA had to delete this second tweet to reduce the heat of the debate between the two supporters of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, the situation of these two superstars after the 2022 World Cup will be different. Messi had an outstanding celebration of the World Cup championship in Argentina. Then, he will come back to Paris Saint-Germain to practice for the next match of the remaining part of the 2022–2023 season. Messi will also extend his contract with PSG in order to continue playing at the highest level for at least another season or two.
Ronaldo and Messi after World Cup 2022
Meanwhile, after going several days without posting anything on social media, Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines after Lionel Messi won the World Cup. Moreover, Ronaldo is also a free agent and is in the process of finding a new club. There are numerous indications that he is now just waiting to join Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr Club, which sent him offers prior to the 2022 World Cup.