A Twitter user correctly predicted both Lionel Messi and Argentina’s 2022 World Cup win back in 2015.
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Did this tweep predict Messi’s World Cup win 7 years ago?

Written in the stars or wishful thinking? This tweep’s 2015 predictions about Lionel Messi and Argentina’s World Cup win has come true.


A Twitter user correctly predicted both Lionel Messi and Argentina’s 2022 World Cup win back in 2015.
Images via Twitter

A seven-year-old tweet from a football fan correctly predicting Argentina’s World Cup win – and captain Lionel Messi being named the “greatest player” – has gone viral.

Argentina last won the World Cup in 1986 with the help of the late football legend Diego Maradona. On Sunday, 18 December, Argentina lifted the trophy again, this time with “GOAT” player Messi.

But was the win destined to happen?

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Following Argentina and Lionel Messi’s World Cup win on Sunday, football fans flooded the Twitter timeline with a mysterious tweet dating back to 20 March 2015.

The tweet – from @josepolanco10 – predicted: “December 18, 2022. 34-year-old Leo Messi will win the World Cup and become the greatest player of all time. Check back with me in 7 years.”

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Apart from the error over Messi’s age – which is 35 – everything else was spot on.

But it’s not the only tweet that had tweeps scratching their heads. Another recently resurfaced one from 2014 predicted similar results.

The tweep with the handle @optimistAk posted: “Argentina now wait for 2022 when few young players win with Messi close to retirement, carrying him on their shoulders. ‘We did it for Messi’”.

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Many tweeps have claimed that the prophetic tweets were Photoshopped – however, the posts actually exist with the original date in the bottom left-hand corner.

Others questioned how the tweeps knew that the World Cup – traditionally held in June/July – would take place in December 2022.

That mystery was solved by another tweep who shared a screenshot of a CNN Sports article written in 2015, which states in the headline: “Qatar World Cup: Final on December 18, 2022”.

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According to the publication, Fifa officials decided to move the tournament to the Qatari winter over “fears over the intense summer temperatures.”

Putting soothsayer rumours to bed, the Twitter users – both ardent Argentina fans – added that their predictions were nothing more than wishful thinking at the time.

@optimistAk posted in the World Cup aftermath: “Super stoked and happy for Messi, Argentina and bunch of passionate fans.. that my wish and this tweet from 8 years ago became true today.

“What an incredible finale!”