November 24, 2022 – 2:47 PM
Chris Hadfield and Canadian team captain John Herdman before the game against Belgium – Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters
One of the world’s most famous former astronauts, Chris Hadfield, gave a pep talk to members of the Canadian national team before Wednesday night’s game against Belgium at the FIFA World Cup Finals in Qatar. Writes aspen. This was stated by national team captain John Herdman after losing the match 1-0.
He spoke about his experiences representing the country in the military and as an astronaut. He always encouraged them to give 100 percent performance, no matter the strategy, Herdman said.
In the end, the motivational speech had its effect: Canada, who arrived at the World Cup after an absence of thirty-six years, not only fought hard, but also beat Belgium, considered one of the strongest teams of the tournament on paper, in Group F. Even Kevin De Bruyne, who Chosen as Man of the Match, he said he did not know why he had received the award, nor did he think he had played well.
Chris Hadfield’s appearance also caused a stir on Twitter. According to the caption Upshot, it was as if Southgate (England captain) sang the national anthem along with David Attenborough.