Sports presenter Piers Morgan was forced to eat his words after predicting that the World Cup would end with Lionel Messi in tears.
Morgan is an outspoken sports pundit and often has very controversial opinions that seem to divide the public.
Having played a leading role in allowing Cristiano Ronaldo the chance of fashioning a move away from Manchester United, Morgan spent the entire FIFA World Cup final reiterating his support towards the Portuguese footballer while hoping Messi fails to perform for Argentina.
PREDICTION: France will beat Argentina 3-1 to win the World Cup. Mbappe will score twice, Griezmann will be MoM and Messi will cry.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 18, 2022
As things panned out, French striker Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick to allow France a chance to believe in one of the most epic finals in recent times.
However, it was Lionel Messi’s Argentina that had the last laugh, winning the game 4-2 on penalties after the two teams found themselves locked in a 3-3 stalemate after extra time.
Morgan has often voiced his controversial opinions in Formula 1 as well, having famously called Max Verstappen a ‘nut-job’ while voicing his support towards Lewis Hamilton.
In the FIFA World Cup, Morgan’s favourite Ronaldo struggled to make much of an impact as Portugal was knocked out in the quarter-finals against underdogs Morocco.
In fact, Ronaldo actually spent his last two games of the tournament starting on the bench.
Even in F1, following Morgan’s harsh words aimed at Verstappen, the Dutchman went on to blow Hamilton away in the season.
Hamilton was so poor following Morgan’s comments that he ended up failing to win a single race all season for the first time in his career.
Verstappen, meanwhile, wrapped up the world championship with plenty of races to spare and even went on to record the most number of race wins in a season (15).
While it’s all for fun, this can be seen as the Piers Morgan curse and sportspersons might hope the British presenter doesn’t start praising them out of the blue.
After the final, Morgan was forced to accept the inevitable truth of Messi winning the World Cup and truly establishing his credentials in the Greatest Of All Time debate.
BREAKING: Argentina win the World Cup on penalties. What a game. Incredible drama. Congrats to Lionel Messi & his team. Commiserations to the French who gave it everything, especially the brilliant Mbappe.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 18, 2022
Football eh.. bloody hell!
He stuck to his guns though, and sided with Ronaldo despite the events of the night.