Sunburnt Matty Cash meets Ronaldinho in Qatar after Poland’s elimination at France 2022

MATTY CASH faced Brazilian legend Ronaldinho days after his World Cup elimination.

Poland lost 3-1 to France in the round of 16 on Sunday as two Kylian Mbappe forwards tipped them off.

Poland and Villa star Cash faced legendary midfielder Ronaldinho


Poland and Villa star Cash faced legendary midfielder Ronaldinho
The Villa star was confronted by France's captain Mbappe during Sunday's World Cup knockout


The Villa star was confronted by France’s captain Mbappe during Sunday’s World Cup knockout

But it was a valiant effort from Poland and Cash, 25, had a good tournament for his mother’s home country.

And he’s taking a well-deserved rest on the beaches of Qatar.

The Aston Villa star even had a chance to meet a hero in Ronaldinho.

He posted it Twitter and alongside an emoji of a goat, Cash simply wrote, “Legend.”

Despite Cash’s sunburn and Ronaldinho’s choice of clothing, fans on social media absolutely loved the combination.

One wrote: “A football icon. And Ronaldinho.”

Another added: “The magician of the ball captivating with a smile like a panther on the court. Ronaldinho is cool too.”

Cash did his best to tag Kylian Mbappe during Poland’s loss to Les Blues and walked away breathless after the game with his jersey as a mark of respect.


He had never come so close to the whole game.

Cash is no slouch and has done his homework, but there is limited preparation anyone can make against the young ace.

Mbappe is just three games away from a second world title – two days before his 24th birthday.

England stand in his way on Saturday and Cash detailed the challenge Kyle Walker and the Three Lions’ defenders will face this weekend.

He joked: “I watched the videos while lying in bed – then in real life Mbappe burns my legs, that’s the difference.

“It’s a massive difference, when he gets you up and moving, he does it really well. He drops his shoulder, goes short, then long.

“I’ve raced with him in a couple of races and I’ve done well. You look over your shoulder and he’s there.

“For me personally, it’s amazing to have this experience and this learning curve.

“I’m obviously just a little kid learning the game and playing in a big tournament against the best players in the world is something you dream of, so it’s amazing.

“He’s on another level. It’s even hard to stop the ball from getting to him because their game plan is to get the ball to the wingers and when it’s one on one you have to try to stop it.

“He’s obviously doing really well because he’s scoring and he’s probably in the top two, three players in the world at the minute.

“But I’m happy to play against Messi and Mbappe in four days is a learning curve. It’s every boy’s dream to play in a big tournament against these kinds of players and get their match jersey.” Sunburnt Matty Cash meets Ronaldinho in Qatar after Poland’s elimination at France 2022


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