Lionel Messi said that he had always dreamed of the moment of celebrating the World Cup win with the fans after Argentina’s 2-0 friendly win over Panama on Thursday. Messi scored a fine free-kick in the win against Panama.
By India Today Sports Desk: Argentina superstar and captain Lionel Messi has claimed that he had always dreamed of the moment of celebrating the World Cup win with the fans after their 2-0 friendly win over Panama.
Messi and Co had returned to the country for the first time since their trophy celebrations after the World Cup win in Qatar as they play two friendlies during the international break.
The first one was on Thursday against Panama, where the fans gave Messi and the team an incredible reception that left the Argentina captain in tears.
Messi was at his inspirational best on Thursday as Argentina defeated Panama 2-0. The 35-year-old was on the scoresheet on the day and had a few words for the fans after the match.
As quoted by Reuters, the Argentina superstar told the fans he had always dreamed of celebrating the World Cup win with the fans and told them to savour the moment.
“I always dreamed of this moment, to celebrate with you in my country Argentina, lifting the greatest thing that is the World Cup,” Messi said at a post-match ceremony organised by the Argentine FA to celebrate the country’s third World Cup title and first in 36 years.
“Let’s keep doing what we are doing and enjoy this, because we have been waiting a long time to win it again. Let’s enjoy the third star.”
An emotional Argentina manager, Lionel Sccaloni, paid tribute to his players and said without them the World Cup win wouldn’t have been possible.
“Eternal gratitude to these players. Football belongs to them, and without them we wouldn’t have won the World Cup.”
“Everyone who wears this shirt gives their all and sometimes the results don’t come. But this time we got it and it’s incredible,” said the coach before a victory lap of players and families reminiscent of the one his team did 95 days ago at the Lusail Stadium.