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Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi and his team went to Argentina with the most sought-after prize in football as millions of fans waited for their return and perhaps a glimpse at the World Cup trophy on Monday.
In the capital city of Buenos Aires and throughout the country, many people celebrated Sunday’s stunning penalty shootout win against France at the World Cup final in Qatar.
After a record-setting season, Messi capped it off by winning the World Cup with a goal early in extra time and another in the second half.
Kylian Mbappe scored twice in the closing ten minutes to help France come back from a 2-0 deficit and force extra time in front of an electric crowd of 89,000 at Lusail Stadium.
In his 2nd strike of the match, Messi appeared to have brought the game to a close after extra time. But, Mbappe, a teammate from Paris Saint-Germain, scored his third game goal to draw the match at 3-3. The game will need penalties.
Gonzalo Montiel swept home the decisive penalty kick to win the shootout 4-2 in favor of Argentina -But it was Messi’s chance.
While the players enjoyed a celebration with around 40,000 people at the arena on Sunday evening, the 45 million back home are waiting to greet their heroes on Monday night.
“Of course, it’s what we’ve all been waiting for,” Veronica Silva, a teacher aged 44, told AFP in her home in the Plaza de Mayo square in the heart of Buenos Aires, where celebrations continued until late into the night in the evening on Sunday.
“This will last for a few days. The process began now and will not end until tomorrow, because they’ll be arriving tomorrow. It will last longer. “
“Of course we can’t wait to see the players, all of them,” said cleaning lady Rosa Rodriguez, 63.
“It’s an excellent team that made us proud. The greatest celebration is when they get there. “
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Messi was shattered by a loss in the final of the 2014 World Cup against Germany. Yet during the fifth and last World Cup, the 35-year-old finally followed in the footsteps of his Argentina legend Diego Maradona by leading his nation to World Cup glory for the first time since 1986.
More than a million white and blue-shirted Argentina supporters gathered to pay tribute to Messi when he said, “We’re champions of the world!” in the stadium’s mic.
Then he said in the Argentine media: “Obviously, I wanted to end my career like this. I need help to ask for more.
“My career is about to come to an end since these are my final years. What will be the next thing in the future? “
But he also said he’d continue to be part of the Argentina team. “I want to keep experiencing a few more matches as world champion,” said the player.
One of the most acrimonious World Cups in history came to a dramatic conclusion. It is widely questioned how Qatar treats migrant workers and how its anti-homosexuality policies affect its population. Without a doubt, FIFA will be pleased.
The news that Messi won the World Cup will excite observers. But because of his hat trick and eight goals, he finished the contest with the most goals and was given the Golden Boot. Mbappe showed he is capable of assuming the position of the best player in the world.
The three-time world champions, Argentina, dominated the first quarter of the final when Messi scored a penalty after Angel Di Maria knocked down Ousmane Dembele.
The dynamic Messi was later part of a brilliant move that resulted in Di Maria sweeping home Argentina’s second goal in the 36th minute.
During the second period, the reigning title winners made their return to the match. After Nicolas Otamendi knocked Randal Kolo Muani to the ground in the penalty area Mbappe scored the spot goal with 10 minutes remaining.
Minutes after, Mbappe scored a superb strike that brought France to the top.
In the extra-time period, Messi knocked in the rebound after Hugo Lloris parried Martinez’s saved shot in the 108th minute. This was enough to make it 2-0 to Argentina for the second time.
With the shot, Mbappe struck Montiel’s arm outstretched, and the referee pointed him toward the penalty spot. Since England’s Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick in 1966. Only the French forward has ever scored three goals at the World Cup.
His efforts were not enough, despite his kicking in France’s first shootout spot kick. Montiel was able to give Argentina an advantage of 4-2 following Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez stopping the attempt of Kingsley Coman.
“All that I’ve always wanted to achieve has come true. I don’t have words to describe this,” said Martinez, declaring victory “destiny. “
France head coach Didier Deschamps was disappointed with the inability. To be one of the teams in the last 60 years to keep this trophy.
I don’t want to diminish Argentina’s accomplishments. The outcome was sad because we were so close, the man remarked.