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World Cup 2022: from Pelé to LeBron James, the sports world salutes Messi's Argentina

2022-12-18T22:11:09.074Z

Former Brazilian footballer Pelé, basketball superstar LeBron James, recently retired Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Russian mixed martial arts icon Khabib Nurmagomedov: they all have…



World Cup 2022: from Pelé to LeBron James, the sports world salutes Messi's Argentina

Argentinian Lionel Messi, winner of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Former Brazilian footballer Pelé, basketball superstar LeBron James, newly retired Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Russian mixed martial arts icon Khabib Nurmagomedov: all paid tribute to Lionel Messi's Argentina coronation against to France in the final of the 2022 Football World Cup, this December 18 in Lusail.

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Okay, if I have a heart attack it's because I watched this FIFA World Cup!

 Obviously, the former tennis icon Serena Williams was held spellbound by the incredible final

won by Argentina against France

, 4 shots on goal 2 (3-3 after extra time).

The American was one of many sports superstars to react to this planetary event.

“ 

The best game ever.

The best tournament ever.

Congratulations Argentina.

Thank you very much Qatar!

 The Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, living legend of mixed martial arts (MMA), was present at Lusail Stadium and enjoyed the show (the outcome of which he filmed).

Beats in front of Lionel Messi

Many champions were especially ecstatic over the coronation of Lionel Messi, who was also voted best player of this 22nd edition.

“ 

Time and time again you have redefined greatness

,” former Swiss tennis player Roger Federer wrote on Instagram.

It's a privilege to watch you.

Congratulations Leo and Argentina.

It is special and historic

 ”.

For the most emblematic basketball player of his time, LeBron James, no doubt, "the Pulga" is the best in history.

The Los Angeles Lakers player tweeted a message congratulating the Argentine number 10, accompanied by the emoticon of a goat, an acronym in English for GOAT, Greatest Of All Time: the greatest of all time.

MESSI 🫡🐐👏🏾👏🏾

— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 18, 2022

But the most powerful message once again came from Pelé, the king of football: “ 

Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in an exciting way.

Messi wins his first World Cup, as his trajectory deserves.

My dear friend Kylian Mbappé, scores four goals in the finals.

What a gift it was to watch this show for the future of our sport.

And I could not fail to congratulate Morocco for its incredible campaign.

It's great to see Africa shine.

Congratulations to Argentina!

Diego Maradona is certainly smiling right now.

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