FIFA World Cup

Lionel Messi's Goal vs. Iran Spares Bettor from $350,000 Loss

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJune 21, 2014

Lionel Messi made plenty of people happy when he scored an incredible solo effort in injury time to help Argentina defeat Iran on Saturday.

One bettor was more than just happy as a person—his livelihood, family, children, children's children and apparent lavish spending habits were ecstatic.

Per ESPN's Darren Rovell, one confident gambler threw down $231,676 in cash on presumed winner Argentina to defeat the written-off Iranians at the Tuscany Casino in Las Vegas. So confident, indeed, that he threw another $120,000 (to win a mere $10,000) on the Argentines.

According to Rovell, It was the most anyone has put down on a World Cup bet in any of the 100 William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada.

Of course, Messi spared the man from a colossal financial loss with his late strike.

Messi, if you fancy a trip to Las Vegas in the near future, we know someone who owes you a drink or 100.


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