At this World Cup, what many people paid attention to was whether Messi, who is called the god of soccer, could achieve his dream.
Messi, who had to shed tears at the World Cup even though he had a more splendid career than anyone else, finally completed his legend in his 5th World Cup.
This is Reporter Lee Jeong-chan.
Born in 1987 to a working family, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11, but he never stopped growing on the pitch.
Despite his short stature, he won the 2005 Under-20 World Cup scorer and the championship with his spirited individuality, emerging as the successor to Maradona,
[Lionel Messi/Argentina soccer team striker: I believe he will be able to perform better on the big stage.]
2008 In 2012, he won an Olympic gold medal that even Maradona had not won.
He continued his stellar professional career, including winning four consecutive Ballon d'Ors from 2009, but his varsity jersey alone made him small.
In the World Cup, he was blocked by Germany three times in a row until the final of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, and he had to bow his head even after being selected as the MVP.
[Lionel Messi/Argentina soccer team striker: I went to the finals 4 times and did my best, but I never won.
It seems he won't be able to play for the national team now.]
Messi eventually changed his mind while an open letter from a teacher asking "don't give up and not accept '2nd place' as 'defeat' so that children do not accept it as 'defeat'" has become a hot topic. .
Messi, who started running again like that, finally reached the top of his first major tournament in last year's Copa America, and completed his legend in Qatar.
He started scoring in all rounds, surpassing the 'legendary' Maradona and Batistuta's World Cup scoring records one after another, and in the long-awaited final, he broke the record for the most appearances in the World Cup and took a 'fiery finish'.
Messi, who is still in the prime of his career with 18 goals in A matches this year alone, revealed that the last dance is not over yet.
[Lionel Messi/Argentina soccer team striker: I love soccer and my job.
As a champion, I want to play for the national team for a few more games.]
Messi's era, 'god of soccer', is not over yet.
(Video editing: Oh Young-taek, CG: Seo Dong-min)