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Saudi Arabia’s World Cup heroes will each be gifted a Rolls Royce by the country’s royal family after stunning Argentina last week, according to reports. Lionel Messi and co. were defeated 2-1 by the Saudis in one of the biggest World Cup shocks. 

Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud will present each of the players with an RM6 million Rolls Royce Phantom when they return from Qatar. It is the latest reward for the team’s seismic result. 

Messi had given Argentina the lead before a remarkable comeback by Saudi Arabia. Saleh Al Shehri equalised before Salem Al Dawsari struck a wonderful curling effort into the top corner of EMi Martinez’s goal. 

Saudi Arabian people were already rewarded with a public holiday the day following the result. Workers in the public and private sectors, as well as students, were allowed the day off to celebrate the result. 

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Malay Mail now report that the players will all be given Rolls Royces upon their return from the World Cup. They will be gifted by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince and prime minister of Saudi Arabia. 

It is not the first time a similar reward has been given to a Saudi player. In 1994, forward Saeed Al-Owairan scored one of the great World Cup goals against Belgium and was handed a Rolls Royce. 

Boss Herve Renard, who endured a tough spell in charge of English Football League side Cambridge several years ago, insisted his side believed they could beat the two-times World Cup winners. He said: “When you are coming into a World Cup you need to believe in yourself. Everything can happen in football. 

“Sometimes the opponent is not at their best motivation. This has happened to us when playing a lower-ranked team. This is what other people don’t understand.

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“Imagine Lionel Messi is playing versus Saudi Arabia. He will say they have to start well and win but you know the motivation is not like it would be playing Brazil. This is normal. We have made history for Saudi football and it will stay forever, that is most important, but we also need to look forward because we still have two very difficult games to play.”

He added: “Today all the stars in the sky were in a line for us but we can’t forget that Argentina are a fantastic team. 

“They came here without losing in 36 games, they are South American champions and they have an amazing player, but this is football. Sometimes something completely crazy can happen.”

Saudi Arabia are top of Group C and harbour strong hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds. They are also bidding to host the 2030 World Cup. 

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