Argentinian fans celebrated all night after their team won in what many commentators called the greatest game in tournament history.
After drawing 3-3 in extra time , the side defeated defending champions France 4-2. This was in front of an 88,000 strong crowd in Qatar.
Fans from the Middle East cheered when the players were driven in an open-top bus through the streets near Lusail Stadium.
Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated the first world championship in Argentina since 1986 in Buenos Aires.
It was a rare moment for , a country that is struggling with high inflation as well as an economic crisis that has driven some 40% of its population into poverty.
Rogelio Vazquez is an Argentinian fan who said that they could have won the tournament comfortably but were forced to suffer like everyone else.
“But the pain makes the victory all the more enjoyable.”
Diego Aburgeily (46), another fan said that “This team made people fall for them for the first times in decades.”
The game’s star was the Argentinian captain Lionel Messi who scored twice at Lusail Stadium and was crowned player-of-the tournament.
Later, Messi, now 35, dispelled rumors that he was about to retire from the sport. He told Argentinian TV that he wanted to continue to experience matches as a world champion.
“I knew God would give me this gift, and I felt that this World Cup was it.
It took so much, but it’s finally here. It was hard, but we made it through.
“Can’t wait for Argentina to see the madness of this.”
He was not the tournament’s top scorer. That honour went to Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain forward), who scored eight goals in the final and won the Golden Boot award.
Many UK sports commentators proclaimed that the final would be remembered as one of the most important games in football history.
Jamie Carragher tweeted “One of my favorite games ever!”
Alan Shearer stated, “We are breathless up there. It was an amazing final. It was great to be there, it was a pleasure to have been here.
It was amazing. It was amazing.”
Gary Lineker stated: “It has been an absolute privilege watching Lionel Messi over the past nearly two decades.
Moment after moment of spellbinding and breathtakingly joyful football. He is a gift from footballing Gods.
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Gary Neville stated: “Messi ought to be the center of attention and it feels right, that he won a World Cup.
“It feels as if destiny was there for him, and he’s contributed tremendous amounts during this tournament.”
French fans were disappointed. President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “Congratulations France team for its career, its combativeness at this World Cup.
“You have delighted the nation and all of your supporters across the globe. Bravo to Argentina for their victory.
Hundreds upon thousands of people throng the streets of Buenos Aires following Argentina’s win over France
Messi’s remaining career will be filled with contentment, regardless of how long he remains on the pitch.
This match concluded what was one of the most controversial World Cups ever. There were pre-tournament disputes over LGBT+ rights, treatment of migrants workers and shifting the tournament to winter in order to avoid the scorching summer heat.
The US, Mexico, and Canada will host the next World Cup Finals. This is the first co-hosting event since 2002 when it was hosted by Japan and South Korea.