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Argentina Celebrates World Cup Triumph After Best Final Ever

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Argentina’s triumph in the World Cup final has sent hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans pouring out onto the streets of Buenos Aires.

The rollercoaster game saw Lionel Messi’s team give up leads of 2-0 and 3-2 before ultimately prevailing over France in a nail-biting penalty shootout.

Bearing flags, hats and the country’s iconic blue-and-white jerseys, fans took over Buenos Aires’ downtown and other iconic spots within minutes of the win.

Lionel Messi finally won the biggest prize in football – the only trophy to have eluded him – and it was he that fans back home called out for their victory. But they did not forget their other football idol Diego Maradona who lifted the World Cup in 1986.

As of Sunday, Lionel Messi is the ninth player ever to win the World Cup, Champions League and Ballon d’Or, marking a fairytale end to his international career.

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Football pundits say that the World Cup final was perhaps the best ever played. Social media was sent into meltdown, sports stars around the world were transfixed and those in Lusail Stadium were treated to a mouth-watering showpiece.

Footballing legend Pele, who has received well-wishes from players during the tournament concerned for his health, said the match was “enthralling”.

Former England captain and now BBC sportscaster Gary Lineker said “It’s been an absolute privilege to watch Lionel Messi for nearly 2 decades. Moment after moment of spellbinding, breathtakingly joyous football. He’s a gift from the footballing Gods.”

Messi’s club teammate Neymar posted his congratulations on Instagram, as social media was awash with people crowning the Argentine the greatest player of all time.

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand summed up what most of us were thinking after one of the greatest finals in World Cup history. “We’ll never see anything like this again.”

Serena Williams tweeted: “if I have a heart attack it’s cause I’m watching” the final.

Former US President Barack Obama also congratulated Messi and Argentina.

The Guardian summed up the final and Messi: “It was a consecration, the spiritual overtones entirely appropriate. Lionel Messi not only emulated the deity of Argentinian football, Diego Maradona, by leading the nation to World Cup glory; he finally plugged the burning gap on his CV, winning the one title that has eluded him – at the fifth time of asking, surely the last time. In the process, he gilded his claim to being recognized as the greatest player of them all.”

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