Imagine this: it’s July 15, 2018. It’s the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. 81,000 spectators are collectively holding their breath while more than one billion are tuned in across the planet. After 120 minutes of action in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, we’re all square between Argentina and Germany. It's penalties.
Argentina now has a chance to lift the trophy with their fifth and final spot kick. It’s Lionel Messi — the perennial international runner-up — approaching the spot with German No. 1 Manuel Neuer staring him down.
What’s going through the Argentine captain’s mind? Is it the pressure of finally delivering in what’ll almost certainly be his final World Cup? No, it’s the sage voice of Oprah:
“Messi, you already know this,” she coos. “You go deep, you go deep, and you find the strength inside yourself . . . Messi, be a warrior.”
Messi buries his penalty. Argentina are World Cup champions.
By delivering a heartfelt message to Messi on Argentinian TV programming, did Oprah just deliver La Albiceleste their first World Cup title since 1986?
I think so, I really do.
But, let's be honest, the dude who really needs some advice from Oprah before the World Cup is Gonzalo Higuain. Also, some advice for Jorge Sampaoli on how to find the correct balance between the midfield and the attack would be great.