Big sporting events like the World Cup are supposed to bring people together in support of their favourite teams and players but for one Russian couple married for 14 years, the 2018 World Cup was reason for divorce.
Arsen who is 40 years and his 37-year-old wife, Ludmyla, are both football fans.
In fact, they met in a Chelyabinsk sports bar during the 2002 World Cup and they bonded over their mutual passion for the sport.
The fact that they were fans of two rival Moscow football clubs, Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moskow, did not stop them from getting married but last week, it was their love for the two biggest rivals in modern football history, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, that ended their 14-year marriage.
Report says that Arsen and his wife had often teased each other over Messi and Ronaldo but this latest World Cup was the last straw.
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After Argentina’s disappointing debut at the 2018 World Cup, Ludmyla started mocking Messi’s performance and how he could not play football but Arsen just ignored her.
However, during Argentina’s match against Nigeria, he just could not hold back his anger anymore.
He was celebrating Messi’s goal, when his wife started mocking his idol again, and he just snapped.
“When she once again started speaking unkindly about Lionel and his performance, I got angry and, in turn, expressed everything I thought of her handsome Ronaldo, the Portuguese national team, herself and all the other football clubs Lyudmila is crazy about. Then I took all my things and left her for good.” Arsen told the media.
The very next day, Arsen reportedly went to the Chelyabinsk civil registry and filed for a divorce.