Lifting the World Cup offers Messi an iconic image

It was a special moment that will live forever in the history of the World Cup and the images of the Middle East.

The great Lionel Messi was called on stage to lift the trophy he had craved for so much of his illustrious and unparalleled career.

At the other end of the platform was him Argentina Teammates, ready to celebrate after Beat France on penalties In one of the greatest finals we’ve ever seen.

At its end, Messi shook hands with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Qatari Sheikh Tamim, who twice beheaded the 35-year-old.

Messi was then decked out in a black bisht – a traditional men’s cloak popular in the Arab world – before doing the dance and famously lifting the trophy.

This was not only Messi’s moment, but also Qatar’s moment – on its national day, finishing the first World Cup to be held in a Muslim country.

It may have been a great honor for Messi to wear the Arab dress, but others saw it as disrespectful and overshadowing the day he had been waiting for.

Sheikh Tamim said on Twitter:external link “We have fulfilled our promise to organize an exceptional tournament from Arab countries.

“It has provided an opportunity for the people of the world to learn about the richness of our culture and the authenticity of our values.”

Mochachos’ dreams come true

It almost happened to Argentina.

In-form Kylian Mbappe wanted to score his hat-trick – the first in a World Cup final since England’s Sir Geoff Hurst in 1966 – but the Argentines always believed the late Diego Maradona was watching them.

In the end, the hopes and dreams of Messi and Argentina all turned into reality on the swinging court of Lucille.

The song that swept Qatar and back home in Argentina was repeated again.

The one where Don Diego looks on from the sky, Lionel exclaims, “And to be heroes again, to be heroes again.”

“Muchachos” is a cover of the track by Argentine band La Tosca, with the verse translated as: “Boys, we got our hopes up again”.

Banished from more than three decades of harm Lionel Scaloni The men, led by the mercurial Messi, celebrated their third World Cup titles, after 1978 and 1986, in their sixth Final.

“Where’s Messi?” This is your answer

The tournament started in shocking fashion for Argentina.

“Where’s Messi? Where’s Messi?” Saudi fans were asking about their team Incredible 2-1 victory In the opening group match.

The sarcasm reverberated in Doha in the following days and spread on social media.

But in Sunday’s final, the question was emphatically answered as Messi emphasized his ball size, standing on the podium with his captain’s armband on his biceps and the golden trophy hoisted above his head.

Once we arrived in the Qatari capital on November 16, it felt like the World Cup for Messi — the feeling that anticipation and excitement might transport the young wizard to the one piece of silverware missing from his cabinet.

Argentina jerseys with his famous number 10 were everywhere – in the streets, in the market and in the stadiums, and were worn by men, women and children alike.

A few Maradona’s have spread all over, but nowhere near the main man on the world stage today.

“Muchachos” reverberated throughout the metro and shuttle buses as well. There was no escaping it, not even in your sleep.

And it was no different on the day of the final.

Argentine flags were hung from rooftops, balconies and shop windows in the local neighborhoods of Doha. There was only one team they wanted to see take home the trophy.

On your way to Lusail, about 11 miles north of Doha, you are carried by a wave of thousands of Argentina fans, singing their songs and bursting into chants of “Messi, Messi.”

A section of boisterous fans from the South American country had entered the stadium long before kick-off, smashing their drums, jumping up and down, swinging blue and white scarves over their heads.

As images of the players getting off the bus flashed on the big screen, star player Messi reverberated deafeningly, and he was given the same ovation when the team sheet was read.

Messi had to be the man of the moment who scored the first goal from the penalty spot, calmly sending Hugo Lloris the wrong way.

Teammates piled on top of him as he slipped to celebrate, sharing a warm hug with Rodrigo de Paul.

There was even more joy when Ángel Di Maria swept home a second to cap off a great team move, with ‘Muchachos’ ringing again as the crowd bounced up and down the stands.

But Mbappe had other ideas.

Tears of joy

French superstar Mbappe scored a quick brace – just 97 seconds apart – to take the match into extra time.

Messi thought he had won the title, and pounced from close range, but Mbappe showed his credentials for a day in the biggest debate ever.

Argentina held their nerve in the penalty shootout to spark incredible celebrations, the substitutes piling onto the pitch and a group of players surrounding Messi in a circle at the halfway line.

Then came the tears, Coach Scaloni, penalty shootout hero Gonzalo Montiel – followed by Man of the Match and Player of the Tournament Messi, who waved to his family in the stands.

Argentina players celebrated with their families on the field, taking pictures with the trophy in front of one of the goals – the fans stayed behind for a long time after the final whistle.

Having shouldered their burden, Argentina’s players paid a final tribute to Messi by hoisting him on their shoulders and carrying him around the pitch with the trophy aloft.

show is over. The baton was passed from Maradona to Messi. Greatness confirmed. end of discussion.

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