It was a moment Lionel Messi waited for his entire footballing career. Argentina on Sunday outclassed France in a dramatic FIFA World Cup final at the Lusail Stadium, winning 4-2 in penalty shootout after a score line of 3-3 at the end of extra time.
Following the thrilling match and the presentation ceremony, Leo Messi led Argentina's wild dressing room celebration where he was seen dancing with the World Cup trophy on the table.
It was a trophy that had eluded Messi’s illustrious career. Eight years ago, he had led Argentina to the World Cup final, only to have his heartbroken by Germany’s last minute goal. But he was not denied in Qatar, on the final night of his World Cup career, as he ended on a high.
Following the match, Messi and his teammates was seen celebrating the trophy haul in the dressing room. Messi was dancing with the trophy in his hand before he got up on the table. He was then joined by his teammate Lautaro Martinez who as well got up on the table to dance. The rest of the teammates gathered around the table singing at the top of their voice.
Here's the video:
Lionel Messi dancing with the Fifa World Cup trophy inside Argentina dressing room 🤌🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/7wFVZQE7St— sohom 🇦🇷 (@AwaaraHoon) December 18, 2022
Argentina had taken a 2-0 lead in the first half with Messi netting a penalty before Angel Di Maria struck the second. Argentina maintained the lead through the majority of the second half before Kylian Mbappe inspired a stunning comeback to score twice in a space of just 97 seconds, thereby forcing an extra time.
The brilliance of Messi once again put Argentina on the driving seat in the second half of extra time before Mbappe equalised yet again to take the game to the penalty shootout.