(CNN Spanish) — Argentina lives for these hours moments of absolute happiness thanks to obtaining the World Cup in Qatar, at the hands of Lionel Messi. And precisely the Argentine star, who with the consecration reached unimaginable levels of idolatry, published a moving message on his Instagram account, at a time when the footballers walk the road to celebrate with a crowd that awaits them in the streets of Buenos Aires. Aires.
Messi, 35, recalled his beginnings in Grandoli, the neighborhood in the city of Rosario, in the province of Santa Fe, where he was born and grew up. He also spoke of “failure” and the “learning” that this allows, and even recalled Diego Armando Maradona, who passed away just over two years ago.
“From Grandoli to the World Cup in Qatar, almost 30 years passed. There were nearly three decades in which the ball gave me a lot of joy and also some sadness. I always had the dream of being a World Champion and I didn’t want to stop trying, even knowing that perhaps it would never happen”, begins Messi’s message, which was accompanied by a video that shows images from his childhood to the recent World Cup.
The French PSG footballer, who scored two goals in the final against France on Sunday, in addition to his penalty in the final shootout, said that the title won in Qatar “is also for all those who did not achieve it in the previous World Cups we played , like in 2014 in Brazil, where everyone deserved it because of how they fought until the very final, worked hard and wanted it as much as I did… And we deserved it even in that damn final”.
Precisely in that World Cup, Argentina lost in the final against Germany, who won the title with a goal converted in the last minutes of extra time by Mario Götze.
La Pulga also dedicated a separate paragraph to Diego Maradona, who passed away on November 25, 2020. “It is also from Diego who encouraged us from heaven. And from all those who always spent their time supporting the National Team without looking so much at the result but the desire that we always put into it, also when things did not go as we wanted,” Messi wrote.
And, of course, he thanked “all this beautiful group that was formed and the coaching staff and all the people from the national team who, being anonymous, work day and night to make it easier for us.”
“Many times failure is part of the journey and of learning and without disappointment it is impossible for success to come. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart! Let’s go Argentina!!!”, closed the Argentine captain.
Messi won his first World Cup with the Argentine team in Qatar, the only title he lacked from all the competitions he has played. In addition, he broke several records for both the Albiceleste team and the World Cup.