Brazil collapses after Argentina's coronation...and the "samba" legends celebrate the legend Messi
Brazilian legend Pele confirmed that Argentine Lionel Messi "deserved the title" of the FIFA World Cup, while his friend Neymar congratulated him after he led his country to win the Qatar 2022 World Cup in a crazy final against France on penalties on Sunday.
And at a time when the crowning of the traditional rival, Argentina, for the World Cup title is a painful blow to the fans of the Brazilian national team, congratulations poured in from the “samba” legends, the star Lionel Messi.
Pele, the only player to win the World Cup three times, wrote on his Instagram account in a post attached to a picture of Messi holding the trophy surrounded by his teammates. “Today, football continues to tell its story, as always in a captivating way. That (...) congratulations to Argentina. Diego (Maradona) is smiling now."
Argentina won its third title after 1978 and 1986 with an amazing scenario, after the two teams tied 3-3 in regular and extra time, before ending it in a penalty shootout 4-2.
For his part, Neymar, his colleague in Paris Saint-Germain, currently in France and formerly in Barcelona, posted a picture of Messi through his Instagram account as he touched the trophy after receiving the award for best player in the tournament and wrote, “Congratulations to you, my brother.”
Brazil, along with Argentina, were the main favorites to win the World Cup, but Selecao was bid farewell in the quarter-finals against Croatia on penalties.
In turn, Brazilian Ronaldo, who led his country with his eight goals to its fifth and final (record) title in the 2002 World Cup, congratulated Messi also on Instagram, despite the rivalry between the two countries located in South America.
"This player plays football that surpasses any rivalry, even the history of Brazil and Argentina," Ronaldo wrote. "I saw many Brazilians - and people all over the world - cheering on Messi in this fiery final."
And he continued, "It is a farewell at the summit for this genius who is more than a World Cup winner, but rather marked an entire era. I imagine my friend Diego (Maradona) celebrating in heaven. Here we, millions of all nationalities, stand in applause for you. Congratulations Messi."
As for Brazilian Romario, the 1994 World Cup winner, he wrote, "This match was a tribute to football, to sport. It is impossible not to be affected by this final...it was historic."
He continued, "Argentina were better on the field, and today Messi won the title he was missing, as a world champion for his country."
And he added, "I am sure that my friend Maradona is happy with this victory, as well as his people. Congratulations to Argentina."
Pele also praised Frenchman Kylian Mbappe, who became only the second player in history to score a hat-trick (a hat-trick) in the World Cup final after England's Jeff Hurst in 1966, "My dear friend Mbappe, scoring four goals in the final (in addition to his attempt in the penalty shootout). What a blessing." To see this showcasing the future of our sport."
Pele did not forget Morocco, who became the first African team to qualify for the semi-finals before losing against France, "I cannot forget Morocco's congratulations for the wonderful journey. It is wonderful to see Africa shining."
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