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FIFA World Cup: Timothy Weah, Pele in heartwarming exchange after US star's goal vs Wales in Qatar

FIFA World Cup 2022: 22-year-old USA striker Timothy Weah was over the moon after the legendary Pele took to Instagram to congratulate him on his goal against Wales. USA held Wales to a 1-1 draw in their Qatar 2022 opener.

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Tim Weah scored USA's first FIFA World Cup 2022 goal since 2014 (AP Photo)

In Short

  • Timothy Weah scored USA's first goal at FIFA World Cup 2022
  • Weah's goal helped USA collect a point against Wales
  • Pele heaped rich priase on Tim, the son of legendary striker George Weah

By India Today Web Desk: 22-year-old USA striker Timothy Weah made history by scoring the country's first goal at FIFA World Cup 2022 in their 1-1 draw against Wales in their Group B match. While the ice-cool finish, after he was released down the middle by Christian Pulisic on Monday, November 21, Weah ended USA's 8-year-long wait for a World Cup goal.

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The young man, son of the legendary striker and Liberian president George Weah, was soaking in the applause from the USA fans in the crowd after the spectacular finish. Now, legendary footballer, Pele has made sure the milestone moment was more special for the young man from America. Notably, it was also USA's first goal in men's World Cup since 2014.

Pele took to Instagram to praise Timothy Weah for his goal against Wales. The Brazilian great commented on Tim's post and said: “Congratulations. It was a beautiful goal. Keep dreaming, dreams come true."

Tim Weah was over the moon after receiving words of praise from his idol, "Papa Pele".

The young footballer responded to Pele, thanking him for having been an inspiration for billions across the world, including young black men.

“It is such a blessing and an honor to receive such an inspiring message from The King himself,” Tim wrote. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for the world and us young black men. Grandes Abracos.”

Notably, Tim Weah was also spotted having dinner with his father, who is revered as one of the greatest players to have played the sport. George Weah captioned his post on Twitter, saying he was a "proud daddy".

Screengrab from Tim Weah's Instagram post

Notably, Tim Weah also became the frist man since Pele in 1958 to score a World Cup goal against the Wales.

Welsh star Gareth Bale equalised for the team from the spot, making sure USA were denied the 3 full points.

However, USA will take confidence from their solid showing against Wales as they prepare to face England and Iran in their next group-stage matches.