It’s been a month since Lionel Messi won the one trophy that has eluded him in his entire football career, the FIFA World Cup. The 35-year-old went on Instagram to commemorate the occasion.
The Paris Saint-Germain star reflected on what the last month has been for him after defeating France in penalty kicks (4-2) with an Instagram post that contained a highlight video.
“One of the most beautiful months in the world and I still can’t believe it,” Messi wrote. “What a beautiful madness we lived during all that time that we ended up raising the Cup that we all wanted so much.
“Obviously, being champions makes everything more beautiful, but what a beautiful month I had, how many beautiful memories I have and miss. I miss my teammates, the day to day with them, the mates, the talks, training sessions, the bullshit we did…
“How nice it was to see my family enjoy an unforgettable experience every day for everyone and how beautiful it was to go to the games and see the madness of the people on the pitch and in Argentina.
“Thank God for so much. Like I said, I knew you were going to give it to me. What I couldn’t imagine was after having achieved it and I wasn’t wrong because I could never have imagined the madness of the people at the festivities.
“Well, it’s been a month since we are… WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!”
Messi and Co. didn’t start the World Cup tournament on a positive note after losing in their opening group-stage match to Saudi Arabia. However, Argentina was able to bounce back with wins over Mexico and Poland.
In the knockout stage, the CONMEBOL side withstood a scare from the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. After being up 2-0, the Dutch scored two goals late in the fixture. However, Argentina was able to win in penalty kicks to advance.
Argentina advanced past Croatia and withstood another scare in the World Cup final against France. The South American country had a 2-0 lead but allowed two late goals from Kylian Mbappe.
Despite the hat-trick performance from Mbappe, Argentina came out victorious to win the country’s third World Cup.