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CONMEBOL presents Messi with statue for federation’s museum

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The tributes proceed to pour in for Lionel Messi following Argentina’s World Cup triumph.

South American soccer’s governing physique on Monday offered the the 35-year-old Argentine star a with statue, which will probably be positioned within the CONMEBOL museum subsequent to these of legendary gamers Pele and Diego Maradona.

Messi additionally acquired replicas of the World Cup and the Finalissima trophy, which Argentina gained towards Italy, in the course of the ceremony earlier than the Copa Libertadores draw. His teammates and coach Lionel Scaloni acquired miniature trophies as properly, together with that of the 2021 Copa America lifted in Brazil.

“We live a really particular and delightful second, getting a whole lot of love,” Messi stated in the course of the tribute. “It was time for a South American crew to win the World Cup once more.”

Argentina beat Panama 2-0 on Thursday in Buenos Aires in its first worldwide pleasant since profitable the World Cup title in Qatar final December and Messi scored his 800th purpose for membership and nation within the win.

Scaloni’s crew will face Curacao on Tuesday to rejoice with its followers within the countryside metropolis of Santiago del Estero.

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