In pictures: Argentina celebrates as Messi joins Maradona in bringing home World Cup | World News
Millions of Argentines breathed a sigh of relief after their home team’s impressive World Cup win – before taking to the streets to celebrate in the streets of Buenos Aires.
Maradona was the hero in 1986 when the South American took home the championship trophy for the last time.
And 36 years passed Lionel Messi’s turn.
Playing in what was probably his last World Cup, the talisman scored twice – one in normal time and the second in injury time – as well as scoring in the penalty shootout save the thrill.
Millions of Argentines cried, shouted and hugged each other as they watched the game – most chanting their captain’s name.
And the man considered by many to be the greatest chess player in the world did not disappoint.
Celebrations take place throughout the night in the capital and in cities and towns around the country.
Argentina beat defending champions France 4-2 on penalties after drawing 3-3 after extra time in front of 88,000 crowds in Qatar.
However, the late double of French hero Kylian Mbappe sent the game into extra time.
Messi once again gave Argentina the lead, but Mbappe took the lead with another penalty to score a stunning hat-trick as he ended the game 3-3 and went into a worthy penalty shootout. scared.
But it was fate for Argentina and Messi when Gonzalo Montiel took the decisive penalty.
Messi lifted the trophy and was also the best player of the tournament.
Celebrations continued outside the Lusail Stadium in Qatar with the Argentina team showing off the trophy on an open-top bus.
For the French fans, there was disappointment and President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “Congratulations to the French team for their career and fighting spirit at this World Cup.
“You have moved the country and supporters around the world. Congratulations to Argentina for their victory.”