Rachel asks Ruto to pay bet after Argentina beat France through penalties in epic final

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Argentina's Lionel Messi holds the trophy as he celebrates with his team at the end of the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Argentina won 4-2 in a penalty shootout after the match ended tied 3-3. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

President William Ruto and the first lady Rachel Ruto were among the world leaders who were engaged in online banter predicting the result of World Cup final in Qatar last night which Argentina won on penalties.

Argentina beat defending champions France 4-2 in post-match penalties following a thrilling 3-3 draw in 120 minutes whose icing on the cake was French superstar Kylian Mbappe’s hat trick. This is the World Cup title for Argentina and the first one since 1986.

Before the match however, the president and the first had pledged allegiance to opposing sides on twitter.

“Supporting the African team in the world Cup finals. Good luck Rachel and kids as you support the other side. Remember to pay the bet!! Either way expecting fine football,” said the president who was in Qatar for the finals.

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“Game on Bill. May the best team win. Vamos Argentina,” responded the first lady.

Opposition Chief Raila Odinga was undecided on the team to win the contest though he traditionally supports Brazil which was knocked out of the tournament by Croatia in the quarter-finals stage.

“Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. Kylian Mbappe is a rising star known for his speed, technical ability, and prolific goal-scoring. France v/s Argentina will be epic. Whom are you rooting for this evening?” tweeted the opposition chief.

Now that Argentina has won, the first lady has asked the president to pay his bet

“On this National Day of the State of Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, we have been treated to a spectacular and iconic 2022 World Cup final match between Argentina and France,” said Rachel.

“The emotive game saw fingers crossed across the world. But, as is the essence of all sports, a best among equals had to be found. And, Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalty kicks after a thrilling 3-3 draw. What a match,” she said.

“I want to join the rest of the world in congratulating the Argentina National Football Team, Captained by Lionel Messi, for winning the 2022 World Cup tournament. Wear your three stars with pride! Bill, pay your bill,” she said.

The president has made it clear he will pay.

“Congratulations Argentina for winning the world Cup. My African team at world Cup played a superb game. Will pay my bet!!! All round wonderful game. Tukutane home,” he said.

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