For whatever reason — well, actually, not “whatever” reason, we know the reason: the was the most absurd and corrupt World Cup possibly ever held — that dork Salt Bae was on the pitch for the celebrations following the conclusion of the epic final between Argentina and France, which saw La Albiceleste win their first World Cup title since 1986.
Luckily for the karmic balance of the footballing world, all of the Argentinian players seemed to be confused and perturbed by his presence, particularly the main man himself Lionel Messi, who gave the salt-throwing hack an absolutely BRUTAL cold shoulder.
Even Messi knows salt bae is a hack pic.twitter.com/c457o1GnHt
— Z Bo (@zekedabolina) December 18, 2022
Messi told Salt Bae no twice while he's trying to hug his family, guy chased and grabbed him again. What a prick. Only time I saw Messi angry in the last hour. pic.twitter.com/6nBPifUtLz
— billary (@iambillary) December 18, 2022
Messi — who was literally just trying to enjoy the ultimate achievement of his professional life with his family and friends — wasn’t the only player that “Salt Bae” (real name Nusret Gökçe) seemed to bother, as he also swarmed around defender Christian Romero and winger Angel di Maria.
All I want to know is who on earth decided to invite salt Bae onto the pitch to hang out with World Cup winners. pic.twitter.com/t3G1TCceUp
— … (@_199KhanIm) December 19, 2022
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) December 18, 2022
Not only did Messi crown his career — and ultimately end the debate about who the greatest player of all time is — with a World Cup title, but the game itself (a 3-3 draw that was decided on penalties) is being hailed as the greatest World Cup final in the storied history of the event.
While Messi has indicated that this was his final World Cup tournament and match, he’s not retiring from international football just yet, as he said he wants to be able to wear the Argentina colors as a World Champion. As for his club future, reports indicate that following this season with PSG, Messi will be making a move to the David Beckham-owned MLS team Inter Miami.