Wojciech Szczesny, Poland goalkeeper took to his social media handle to share a heartfelt message after being knocked out of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Szczesny took his time to thank Poland supporters, those behind the TV, and most importantly his family for their support during Poland’s spell in Qatar.
Now that the goalkeeper and his teammates are out of the World Cup, they will have to focus on qualifying for the 2024 Euro tournament.
Wojciech Szczesny was arguably the best goalkeeper in the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar, but the Juventus man also proved he’s an excellent Daddy after comforting his child over Poland’s elimination.
Szczesny performed heroics in goal for his country, including the denial of two penalties, but was unable to prevent France from securing a 3-1 victory in the Round of 16 on Sunday, December 4, 2022.
There was no time for him to feel bad about their elimination, as he immediately had to focus on comforting his young child in the tunnel, who was crying at the news of Poland’s defeat.
Szczesny’s World Cup performance.
Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny equaled a 20-year-old World Cup record against Argentina on Wednesday, 30th of November, 2022 when he saved Lionel Messi’s first-half penalty.
The Juventus stopper was penalised for catching Messi in the box as he came for a cross, as a spot kick was awarded following a VAR review.
Poland wasn’t happy with what was a soft decision, but Szczesny bailed them out by leaping to his left to paw away the Argentina captain’s penalty.
In doing so, Szczesny became the first goalkeeper since Brad Friedel of the United States in 2002 to save two penalties in the same World Cup.
Szczesny also became the second goalkeeper since records began in 1966 to save a penalty that he conceded himself.
The 32-year-old also stopped an effort from Salem Al-Dawsari in Poland’s 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia, making it two spot-kick saves in two games.
Szczesny’s Juventus stats:
Since joining Juventus in the summer of 2017, Szczesny has saved 11 penalties from a total of 34 faced. He saved three in Serie A last season, and no one saved more.
Szczesny has been one of Juventus’ most reliable performers in an era where that can’t be said about too many of their players.
Upon joining the club he was an understudy to the great Gianluigi Buffon, sitting under his learning tree and soaking in the experience of working and training alongside arguably the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the sport.
When Buffon left Juventus at the end of the 2017/2018 season, Szczesny then became Juve’s undisputed No.1 and hasn’t looked out of place since. Even when Buffon returned, after his Parisian sojourn only lasted a single season, he remained the No.1.
Szczesny’s personal life.
Wojciech Szczesny is a Polish football player born on 18 April 1990 to
Maciej Szczęsny (Father) and Alicja Szczęsna (mother).
Wojciech Szczesny is married to a pop singer called Marina. The celebrity couple married in 2016 after former Arsenal shot-stopper Szczesny proposed. They welcomed their first child last summer.