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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.

Celebration in Buenos Aires

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.

The jubilant scene in Buenos Aires after Argentina won the World Cup
Football Soccer - Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Final - Fans in Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires, Argentina - December 18, 2022 Argentina fans at Obelisco celebrate winning the World Cup REUTERS/ Martin Villar
Argentina football fans celebrate their team's World Cup win over France, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, December 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
(AP photo/Matilde Campodonico)

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 football fans light flares to celebrate their team's World Cup win over France in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, December 18, 2022. (AP Photo /Rodrigo Abd)
(AP photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Argentina celebrate
Argentina celebrate

Argentina beat defending champions France 4-2 on penalties after drawing 3-3 after extra time in front of 88,000 crowds in Qatar.

Messi celebrates his first goal with teammates
Messi opened the scoring for Argentina before Angel Di Maria doubled the lead
Angel Di Maria celebrates Argentina's second goal
Angel Di Maria celebrates his second goal for Argentina

However, the late double of French hero Kylian Mbappe sent the game into extra time.

Soccer Football - Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup - Final - Argentina v France - Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar - December 18, 2022 Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates scoring the third goal to complete his hat-trick REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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.

Fans in Argentina react to dramatic World Cup final
Argentina fans anxiously waiting for the penalty shootout

But it was fate for Argentina and Messi when Gonzalo Montiel took the decisive penalty.

Soccer Football - Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup - Final - Argentina v France - Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar - 18 December 2022 Gonzalo Montiel of Argentina celebrates winning the World Cup REUTERS/ Hannah Mckay

Messi lifted the trophy and was also the best player of the tournament.

Argentina's Lionel Messi lifts the trophy after winning the World Cup final.  Photo: AP
Photo: AP
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with fans and teammates after receiving the World Cup trophy
Argentina's Lionel Messi is surrounded by players, fans and photographers as his team celebrates

Celebrations continued outside the Lusail Stadium in Qatar with the Argentina team showing off the trophy on an open-top bus.

A bus carrying celebrating Argentina players, who waved to their fans, departs from Lusail Stadium after they won the World Cup Final beating France on penalties , in Lusail, Qatar, Monday, December 19, 2022. (AP Photo / Andre Penner)
(AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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.

Football Soccer - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Final - Argentina v France - Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar - December 18, 2022 Kylian Mbappe of France looked depressed after the REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo match
Mbappe disappointed after the defeat of the home team
French President Emmanuel Macron praised France's Kylian Mbappe.  Photo: AP
French President Emmanuel Macron praised Mbappe. (Photo: AP)

“You have moved the country and supporters around the world. Congratulations to Argentina for their victory.”

French police react to fans on the Champs-Elysees during the final between France and Argentina
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