South American soccer’s governing physique on Monday introduced the 35-year-old Argentine star with a statue, which shall be positioned within the CONMEBOL museum subsequent to these of Pelé and Diego Maradona.
Messi additionally obtained replicas of the World Cup and the Finalissima trophy, which Argentina gained in opposition to Italy, through the ceremony earlier than the Copa Libertadores draw. His teammates and coach Lionel Scaloni obtained miniature trophies as effectively, together with that of the 2021 Copa America lifted in Brazil.
“We live a really particular and exquisite second, getting a number of love,” Messi mentioned through the tribute. “It was time for a South American workforce 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. Scaloni’s workforce will face Curacao on Tuesday to have a good time with its followers within the countryside metropolis of Santiago del Estero.
Reporting from the Related Press
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