There was no sign of Roberto Chias anywhere. Instead, he arrived at the legendary Lucile Stadium by helicopter, having travelled from Argentina. Following Argentina’s victory in the 1986 World Cup final, Chias carried Diego Maradona on his shoulder at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. That photograph has gained widespread recognition all around the world. Maradona was in the middle of a swarm of people when he raised both hands to hold the World Cup aloft.
On the 18th of December, Argentinians travelled to Lusail to view this image. Messi has elevated the World Cup above everyone else in the crowd. This fantasy has finally come true. Indignant at Argentina’s 36-year wait. As a legend, Messi’s flaws also faded. Messi will be mentioned alongside Diego Maradona in Argentine football history books.
Even if there is debate about the greatest of all time, his name will be towards the top of the list. 1986 and 2022 are now adjacent! Messi sobbed as Maradona did at the 1986 World Cup. Argentina supporters also wept. This joyful scream, this joy cry, this happiness cry in the breast ache!
The golden ball was Messi’s translation of this euphoria. The Argentinean press stated to TYC Sports, “Incredible! This is an incredibly beautiful moment. I was desperate to win (the trophy). I was confident that God would grant my requests. I intend to complete my career by winning this championship. I couldn’t ask for more. God has blessed me with this title. I enjoy football. I adore participating in national team competitions. I want to compete in a couple more bouts as the world champion.
Messi didn’t play any games with his fate in the final before seeing this moment of enjoyment! At the end of the first half in Lucille, the world saw the cup in Messi’s hands.
Argentina was leading 2-0 with goals from Messi and Di Maria from the penalty spot. After the interval, the match became a roll of the dice. Mbappe’s double goal equalised France. However, Messi must depart empty-handed! France is under siege in the current match. Inadvertently, the screenplay was written so that the match would be considered a “classic” in the history of World Cup finals and the conclusion would be more dramatic. In the decisive round! Emiliano Martinez, willing to sacrifice his life for Lionel Messi, saved Messi’s dream in the tiebreaker!
Messi praised Martinez as well. But above all, Messi’s words became tangible: “Everyone desires to win this championship. I am fortunate that I did. After conquering everything else, this was all that remained.’
The opportunity arose during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, God had other plans for Messi in the final. Germany has been defeated. France’s elimination of Argentina in the second round of the subsequent World Cup aggravated the situation. What a joke, Argentina paired with France! In other words, Messi’s exit from the World Cup could not have occurred at a better time – in the team final, against France, and with an excellent opportunity to revenge their loss. More importantly, the issue was whether Messi could achieve Argentina’s elusive World Cup dream in his final outing. Everyone knows the solution.
It’s common knowledge that Messi isn’t far behind Maradona regarding the skill. Maradona was the 1986 World Cup’s top scorer and assist leader with 10. Messi netted seven goals and assisted on three more. That is to say, Messi and Maradona are even regarding goals scored and scored. Messi now has the golden ball, just like Maradona did in 1986. Yet, why is just Maradona dropping out of the World Cup like Messi, and what happened to the others?