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Lionel Messi Sleeps Together With the World Cup Trophy

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Lionel Messi is in bed with the World Cup trophy. Credit: Instagram/Lionel Messi

Argentina captain Lionel Messi posed with the World Cup in his bed after celebrating the triumph with his teammates and fans in Argentina on Tuesday.

Messi shared a post on Instagram titled “Buen día” where he is seen posing like he is asleep while snuggling the World Cup trophy.

Earlier, thousands took to the streets to welcome the Argentina team as they stepped foot on home soil at the Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires after winning the World Cup.

Messi, 35, announced that the final would be his last match in the World Cup though he intends to play a few more games for the national side.

Messi and Argentina cannot keep the World Cup trophy

But Messi and Argentina will not keep the World Cup trophy. While traditionally the winning country would keep the trophy until the draw for the next tournament, the original now stays at the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich.

Messi and co will be given a gold-plated bronze replica.

When the World Cup first started, it was decided the first country to win the competition three times would win the trophy outright. In 1970, Brazil managed that feat and thus got to keep the Jules Rimet Trophy.

Before 1974, three World Cup wins meant the nation was able to keep hold of the Jules Rimet Trophy, which itself went missing in 1983 and has never been found.

FIFA commissioned a replacement trophy. Sculptors from seven countries made over 50 submissions with the commission eventually going to Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga.

His design features two human figures holding up the Earth. He said of his design: “The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture rise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory.”

It stands 36.5 centimeters tall and is made of 6.175 kilograms or 30,875 Carats of 18-karat gold. A plate on its base changes every four years to fit in all the winners. The trophy is also hollow.

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