WATCH: Lionel Messi and Argentina teammates DANCE on dressing room table after winning FIFA World Cup 2022
Lionel Messi entered the locker room with the FIFA World Cup 2022 trophy in hand and immediately proceeded to climb on top of the table in the centre of the room.
Lionel Messi has had to wait his entire professional career for a night like this. The legendary footballer fulfilled his childhood dream by leading Argentina to their third World title after a gap of 36 years, defeating defending champions France in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final on Sunday (December 18). The celebrations of Messi and his teammates led by Angel di Maria continued into the dressing room of the Lusail Stadium in Doha.
Argentina football team wildly celebrated their World Cup victory in the dressing room after the match. Messi entered the locker room with the FIFA World Cup 2022 trophy in hand and immediately proceeded to climb on top of the table in the centre of the room. The whole room erupted with joy as the Argentina captain was soon joined by Lautaro Martinez as they both danced on top of the table with the trophy.
In footage recorded by Argentine legend Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Co could be seen getting the party started immediately after leaving the pitch. Aguero, 34, was forced to retire with health issues last year – but was invited back into the Argentina camp this week and made to still feel part of the victory.
WATCH Lionel Messi and Argentina team members dance on the table in the Lusail Stadium dressing room here…
LIONEL MESSI JUMPING ON THE TABLE IN THE DRESSING ROOM _
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The streets of Lionel Messi’s hometown of Rosario erupted in celebration on Sunday after Argentina beat France to win its third World Cup title. “We’re champions, which is all we wanted, more than anything for (Messi) and for the whole team,” Santiago Ferraris, 25, said.
Argentina’s three goals in the 3-3 draw were scored by Rosario natives, with Messi, who came up from local team Newell’s Old Boys, scoring two and Angel Di Maria, who once played in rival local team Rosario Central, one. Rosario, just like the rest of the country, was paralyzed during the nail-biting match that ended in a penalty shootout, which Argentina won 4-2.
Tens of thousands of people descended on the National Flag Memorial, the symbol of Argentina’s third-largest city, to celebrate Argentina’s victory. People started arriving as soon as Messi lifted the international trophy and were still there well into the evening. The local soccer rivalry between Central and Newell’s was set aside Sunday as seemingly the entire city celebrated the national team’s victory.
“It’s madness. It surpassed my expectations with so many people on the same wavelength, everyone celebrating. That’s what’s most beautiful about today,” said Jeremias Regolo, 26, who joined the celebrations at the National Flag Memorial.
Micaela Junco, 28, said the victory felt special to her because it was the first World Cup title in her lifetime. The last time Argentina won the tournament was in 1986. “It’s an incredible feeling for Argentina to win, for all of us to be pulling in the same direction," Junco said. "Being the best in the world is priceless.”
Junco felt “proud” of the key roles Di Maria and Messi played in the match “because they are from Rosario. We have the best players here in Rosario.” Fans also took from how the triumph gave the country a respite from its usual worries at a time when it is suffering one of the world’s highest inflation rates, of almost 100 percent annually.
“Argentina deserved this happiness, beyond everything bad that is happening in the country,” Rodrigo Medina, 21, said. “The Rosario boys have always shown they’re up to the challenge.”
(with PTI inputs)