He scored the decisive penalty to take Morocco to the quarter-finals of Qatar 2022. The full-back, who trains at Paris Saint-Germain with stars from Argentina, Brazil, and France, is the great leader of his team. In addition, he celebrated a gesture of support for Sergio Ramos, his friend, who did not play at the World Cup by the decision of Luis Enrique.
Taking a penalty is shameful. He has nerves of steel. But what Hakimi did was not just an act of madness in a thousand rounds. It was a gesture towards Sergio Ramos, his friend at Paris Saint-Germain, who was not considered by Luis Enrique in this World Cup. He celebrated just that, putting his hands by his sides, like a penguin. Nice revenge.
Born in Getafe, he is of Moroccan parents, and today plays for Paris Saint-Germain. Achraf Hakimi is the Moroccan international defender who scored the penalty that propelled the Africans to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. In Qatar, the Moroccans are surprised and surpass Spain, which is less so.
Hakimi trained in the lower ranks of Real Madrid Castilla and became a player for Real Madrid’s first team in the 2017-2018 season. After that short trip in which he didn’t have the expected role, he landed at Borussia Dortmund. After a year he signs for Inter and in 2021 he ends up at Paris Saint-Germain, signing for five seasons. And establish himself among the starting eleven.
At 24, Achraf Hakimi is one of the best defenders in football today and he has shown it at both his club and country. At Paris Saint-Germain, the footballer shares a squad with World Cup big stars Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe, whom he certainly hopes to meet in Qatar 2022.
This World Cup is his second experience in an international competition. Four years ago, in Russia in 2018, he played in all three group-stage matches and left the World Cup with two defeats and one draw. Now in Qatar, the story is different. He made his debut for the Moroccan senior team in 2016 and quickly became an undisputed player in the squad.
Today he is a figure and a symbol for the Moroccan national team and for the whole country. After the 2-0 victory over Belgium, the footballer was seen running to the stands where his family was and savoring an affectionate embrace with her mother, who also kissed her on the forehead and gave her the shirt her. “My mother cleaned houses. My father was a street vendor. For them, I could play football with hard work and sacrifice. Even my brothers had to sacrifice. We were very poor. Now I’m fighting for them,” he commented on several occasions.
Ahead of the match against Spain, Hakimi said he knows how to play, that he has always been in the top 5 at the World Cup, but he played a great game. “We were first in the group and I think we really deserve some respect. I think Spain knows that and they should be a little afraid of us. They should really be afraid of us. And why not give Spain another chance? upset? ?”
They fought back on penalties and Morocco emerged victorious with Bono as a great hero and three legendary saves. Achraf Hakimi was responsible for executing the final penalty kick, decreeing his team’s progress to the next stage of the tournament, and he executed it with the penalty kick, leaving the Spaniard out of the tournament. This will be a night you will never forget. And the future of this footballer is clearer than ever.