Football is a beautiful game. It’s a sport that unites people from all walks of life and brings them together to cheer for their country.

The World Cup 2022 is at the semi-final stage, with either Argentina, France, Croatia or Morocco a few steps away from the highly-coveted World Cup trophy.

However, several heartwarming moments have lit the football world alive in this year’s World Cup. In this article, we go through these moments that moved our hearts.

Iran Not Singing Anthem

In the first game of the 2022 World Cup, Iran took a bold step by not singing its national anthem.

The move supported the nationwide protests in the country due to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police. The protests were sparked by her death and many other women being subjected to violence and torture at the hands of morality police.

This move brought to light the plight of women in Iran and how their government treats them. Women have been fighting for their rights for decades, but nothing has changed.

Japan Coach Bows in Appreciation

Japan’s manager Hajime Moriyasu won the hearts of many netizens after bowing to the crowd after their elimination. The humble gesture came after their loss to Croatia marked their exit from the competition.

Moriyasu was the last member of Japan’s team to exit the pitch as he made his way back down the tunnel and toward a throng of supporters waiting for him on the other side.

The Japanese manager showed appreciation for his fans by bowing in appreciation before heading off into the night.

Brazil’s Tribute to Pele

Brazil showed their support for legend Pele by showing a banner with the words ‘Pele’ at Stadium 974 following their win over South Korea in one of the top moments of the World Cup so far.

The Brazilian footballing legend was admitted to hospital earlier this week after being diagnosed with cancer, but his compatriots rallied around him. In addition to the banner, they also chanted his name in unison during the game.

Hakimi Celebrates with Mom

The World Cup is where dreams come true, and you need to celebrate when that happens. When Morocco beat Spain 3-0 on penalties in their last 16 clash, they did just that. The victory meant the North Africans had reached the last eight of the tournament for the first time since 2010.

But one man was more excited than any other about their win: Achraf Hakimi. The PSG star took the last penalty of the match with a panenka past Unai Simons to seal their victory and capture the moment of many when he ran to celebrate with mom.

The image of him running towards her with his arms outstretched was shared worldwide and made everyone smile.