An Achraf Hakimi mural has been designed in Barcelona after the Morocco full back’s World Cup exploits in Qatar 2022. The former Real Madrid defender has been part of a historic run with his nation.
The African Giants became the first African side to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. And in doing so they thrilled their homeland and neutrals, punching above their weight above their weight by beating Belgium, Spain and Portugal before falling short against France.
During the tournament, many supporters across the world were touched by Morocco’s post-match celebrations in which the players’ mothers often joined them on the pitch or they went to meet them in the crowd.
Pictures of them rejoicing, sharing hugs and kisses and enjoying the moment warmed supporters’ hearts, and those have now been immortalised in murals. The mural in Barcelona depicts Hakimi’s mother giving him a kiss on the cheek as the Moroccans celebrated their victory over Belgium in the group stages.
The win helped propel the nation during their run to the semi-finals of the tournament. Hakimi may play for Morocco, but he was born in the Spanish capital of Madrid and played for Real Madrid. The 24-year-old full-back’s mother travelled to Qatar for the World Cup and supported her country and son right until the end of the tournament.