FIFA World Cup Final Winner: 80,000 people cheered, and fireworks burst as Lionel Messi smirked. His Argentina soccer shirt was hidden by the bisht, a cloak often worn by sheiks and high-ranking officials, which the Emir of Qatar had just wrapped over him. He smiled, took a moment, and raised the World Cup aloft, realizing a lifelong desire. Despite all of his accolades, wealth, trophies, and medals, his career resume had one blemish, but on a spectacular World Cup night for Argentina, he eliminated it forever.
On this patch of green in the Qatari desert, the 35-year-old old’s concern was bringing Argentina the much-desired World Cup, which he did with a superb performance against the reigning champions France in what turned out to be a historic final. In the first half, he guided Argentina to a 2-0 lead that they surrendered in the closing ten minutes.
He then gave Argentina the lead in extra time and made the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout.
The Argentine players shed tears freely and surrounded the man who has served as their talisman for a generation as tens of thousands of Argentines jammed into the feverish stadium leaped, hugged, shouted, and screamed. After five failed tries and a record 26 World Cup finals games, the boy from Rosario, a farming town 300 kilometers north of Buenos Aires, finally delivered to elevate himself beside Diego Maradona, another footballing hero from Argentina who had led his country to victory in 1986.
We struggle, but the World Cup is already here, said Messi. Thank God, he gave me everything, and I wanted to end my career with this, the speaker remarked. I have run out of things to beg for.
When this Argentina team arrived in Qatar, some people had a nasty assessment of them: “Leo Messi and 10 other men.” That notion was not entirely dispelled by a disappointing loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening game.
He had arrived in Qatar carrying the aspirations of an entire nation. Eight years earlier, Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, and Messi was quiet, unspectacular, and tired from the pressure.
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In fact, he has won 11 league titles, four Champions League trophies, three UEFA Super Cups, three Club World Cups, a Copa America, and other competitions. The one that was in high demand is now his.