Argentina needed a flash of his genius to pass.
Stuck in a tough and closed first half hour against Australia on Saturday, the Albiceleste opened the scoring on a masterpiece by Lionel Messi and then qualified for the quarter-finals (2-1).
At the end of the match, the Argentine hero, who played his 1000th career match, appeared in front of the press to discuss his performance.
And he was overwhelmed with emotion when a journalist showed him a video on his phone where his wife and children celebrated his goal, the first in the knockout stage of the World Cup, with ardor.
With a smile on his lips, the PSG striker, author of three goals in this World Cup, then paid tribute to his family: “I feel a lot of emotions, a lot of happiness.
I know how they live it, how they suffer.
This is the first World Cup where my children are aware of what this means.
It's special to see my kids there in the stands and to experience it the way they do, it's exciting."
Leo Messi y su familia.
— Gastón Edul (@gastonedul) December 4, 2022
Lionel Messi will face the Netherlands in front of his family next Friday at 4 p.m. to advance to the semi-finals.
And who knows, he may be able to celebrate the title with his family on December 18 for his final World Cup.
The PSG player also cited his favorites for the rest of the competition: “Brazil is doing very well, despite their defeat against Cameroon (0-1).
They are still among the big favourites.
There is also France.
Or Spain, despite the defeat against Japan.