On Sunday, the holders, Argentina, came back from being down 2-0 after 80 minutes to defeat France 4-2 in a penalty shootout to win their third World Cup. Lionel Messi scored twice in the shootout, and Kylian Mbappe had a hat trick.
One of the greatest finals in tournament history was decided on a night filled with high drama and unexpected outcomes. Many Pakistani and Bollywood stars were also in attendance at the venue in Qatar to see Argentina’s historic win, and they posted behind-the-scenes looks at the event on their respective social media channels.
Many of them, including Deepika Padukone, Kartik Aryan, and Sajal Aly, kept their Instagram followers informed and entertained.
Celebrating the beginning of the World Cup in true Bollywood fashion
The trophy for the FIFA World Cup was unveiled by actors Deepika Padukone and Iker Casillas before the championship game. In photos with the actor and the ex-Spanish goalkeeper, she can be seen wearing a white shirt and a bold jacket. She accessorized the top with a black tulle skirt and black high-heeled boots. Following Iker, who was carrying the golden trophy, onto the field at Lusail Stadium, was Deepika. It was Louis Vuitton, whose ambassador Deepika is, who created the case for the Jules Rimet Award.
At the closing ceremony before the game, Nora Fatehi, an actor and dancer, gave a thrilling live performance. Light the Sky was a collaboration between Balqees, Rahma Riad, and Manal, and it featured Nora. She went for an all-black ensemble that was elevated by the addition of black stockings and heels and a dress that was embellished with frills. Taking center stage, she sang in Hindi, stunning her legion of new Indian fans.
Celebrity footballer Wayne Rooney of England met with Bollywood’s “King Khan,” Shah Rukh Khan, to discuss football, Bollywood, and Khan’s upcoming film, Pathaan. Which begs the question: who is this mysterious Pathaan? Is there another football player who resembles him? Rooney posed a question to the Dilwale actor. Not just because you’re here, but because you’re interested, Shah Rukh joked, “I’ll tell you who Pathaan is.” You call Pathaan when you’ve exhausted all other options and need a quick fix.
“For me, if you don’t mind me saying if Pathaan is to be equated to any footballer in the world, before, after, or in the future, it will always be you,” the Kal Ho Naa Ho star said, referencing the Manchester United striker as an inspiration for his upcoming character. “The tough one is you.” Also, he said, “You’re in a jam, you need a break, you need a win, and you know exactly who to call to get it for you, but he’s not available.” Wayne Rooney, Mr. They both eventually struck Shah Rukh’s signature pose.
Celebrities in the area show their support for Argentina.
Humayun posted footage of himself in the stands, showing his support for Argentina and Messi. Mehwish Hayat, who was also there with Sajal and Humayun, rubbed elbows with Kartik and posted a video of the Bollywood actor to her Instagram Stories.
“Who do you think will come out on top tonight?” she questioned. Kartik paused for a moment before answering, “Umm, Argentina.” Kartik, a France fan, posted a video from the stadium to his Instagram account before the game. In other words, “Bucket list, done.” He accompanied the image with the caption, “Go France!” Soon after, he posted a picture of Messi with a crown and referred to him as “Shehzada (the prince)” in the caption.
Mehwish, on the other hand, had posted a selfie with soccer legend David Beckham to show her support for the victorious team. On Instagram, she dubbed it “Selfie of the Year.” Kartik was so elated that he posed for a photo with his friends and family, including Mehwish, Sajal, Humayun, Samina Humayun, and Sana Shahnawaz.
A spotlight on Messi
A victory for Argentina ended the game, and the crowd erupted in cheers and tears of joy as he hoisted the prized trophy. Antonella Roccuzzo, Messi’s model wife, was among the many fans who had waited for him to finally win the sport’s highest honor. Messi’s wife of five years, Roccuzoo, attended every game and cheered him on from the stands. Images of the happy couple celebrating their win also quickly spread online.