The Argentina national team returns after the World Cup (video editing: Nir Chen)
Almost four months have passed since Lionel Messi fulfilled his personal dream, and also the dream of an entire nation, when he led the Argentine national team to its third World Cup victory.
The World Cup player of the year scored a brace in the crazy final against France, and after Kylian Mbappe responded with a stunning hat-trick, the Albiceleste came out on top after a penalty shoot-out.
Argentina's celebrations provided quite a few stories off the field as well, mainly from the direction of Emiliano Martínez.
When the goalkeeper received the title of the best goalkeeper of the tournament, he attached the trophy to his penis, and when the celebrations moved to South America, the goalkeeper celebrated with a doll of Mbappe.
Celebrating with an Mbappe doll.
Martins (photo: screenshot, from Twitter)
"He deserves this trophy."
Ceferin with Messi (Photo: GettyImages, Marc Atkins)
The behavior of the goalkeeper of Aston Villa and Argentina received sharp criticism from the president of UEFA, Alexander Čeparin, whose words were revealed on the Argentinian website "TyC". who presented a doll of the French striker, "In the end, Messi plays with Mbappe all year.
I don't understand why Martins behaved like that towards him, it's unsportsmanlike and primitive, I didn't like it."
The Slovenian, who complimented the ability that Martins displayed throughout the tournament, referred to attaching the trophy to his penis: "It's something you don't do.
You won the World Cup, show you are not primitive.
You can be a perfect goalkeeper, but if you are not a good person..."
Ceferin complimented Messi on his "modesty" and did not remain indifferent to his ability on the pitch: "When you don't know what to do on the pitch, hand it over to Messi.
Without him, Argentina would not even have reached the quarter-finals.
He deserves this trophy.
Argentina national team