A-list celebrities and football royalty took in sport’s grandest show as France and Argentina both bid to win their third World Cup crowns.
Lionel Messi‘s first half goal from the spot gave Argentina the lead as they dominated proceedings – before Angel Di Maria doubled their advantage.
Usain Bolt posed in front of a Hublot sign donning an Argentina shirt pre-match as the Jamaican sprinter backed the country to end their World Cup anguish – having last won the trophy in 1986.
The great and the good took in the World Cup final – including (right to left) Paul Pogba, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Novak Djokovic
Meanwhile, David Beckham, who has landed himself in hot water over the past few weeks owing to his ambassadorial role with Qatar, posed for a photo on social media alongside his son Cruz.
The Emir of Qatar, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was pictured next to Ibrahimovic.
British comedian Joe Lycett, in response to Beckham supposedly accepting money stretching into the tens of millions of pounds, said he would shred £10,000 on a live stream. It turned out that he actually shredded fake money, but released a programme on Friday night investigating various issues with the World Cup.
Paul Pogba was also in attendance at the Lusail Stadium as he sought to offer moral support to his team-mates after being one of a number of France stars to be ruled out prior to the tournament owing to a knee injury.
David Beckham posted a photo of himself alongside son Cruz as the teams emerged
Ibrahimovic was photographed next to the Emir of Qatar – Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
FIFA president Gianni Infantino (L) was seen smiling with France president Emmanuel Macron
The Juventus midfielder was photographed in a hospitality suite alongside a pantheon of sporting royalty, with Khabib Nurmagomedov also in attendance.
Interlocking arms with the former MMA fighter, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was all smiles as he posed alongside Pogba and the martial artist. To his right was his former boss at Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Also in the picture was tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and former PSG star Javier Pastore, who was there cheering on his compatriots in Argentina.
Elsewhere, Elon Musk was also pictured arriving at the ground ahead of kick off. The owner of Tesla and Twitter posted a video on the social media platform of Messi slotting his penalty beyond the despairing Hugo Lloris.
Pogba gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he watched on ahead of kick-off in the World Cup final
The Qatar World Cup has been marked by regular celebrity sightings in the crowds, with the great and the good all jetting into the Middle East to take in sport’s biggest event.
Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, declared the tournament the ‘best’ edition ever prior to the final two fixtures.
He thanked ‘all the workers and the volunteers involved, for helping to make it the best World Cup ever’.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, took in the final alongside Infantino.
The two were photographed laughing and joking prior to the game – with Macron looking significantly less enthused after watching the first half unfold.
While various celebrities took in the delights of the Lusail Stadium, Shakira – who this year split up with partner Gerard Pique – posted a reminder on social media for people to remember Amir Nasr, the Iranian international who has been sentenced to death in the country for his role in the protests there in the autumn.
‘Today at the final of the World Cup, I only hope the players on the field and the whole world remembers that there’s a man and fellow footballer called Amir Nasr, on death row, only for speaking in favour of women’s rights,’ she tweeted.
Today at the final of the World Cup, I only hope the players on the field and the whole world remembers that there’s a man and fellow footballer called Amir Nasr, on death row, only for speaking in favor of Women’s rights. pic.twitter.com/VdMicGVaml
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