He was honored for his performance in 2021-22 – and now he is lauded for scoring twice in the opening World Cup match of 2022.
The Arsenal ace is now regarded as one of the best footballers in the world, although some of the player’s footballing prowess has been overshadowed by international debate over where the World Cup will be held.
Qatar has a very strict legal system and can arrest and jail unmarried female residents found to be pregnant there.
It has also been criticized for its stance on LGBT+ rights, as homosexuality is illegal in the Gulf state.
However, the mood was upbeat among players this week as they braced for the next game against the USA and hoped for victory.