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In pictures: Argentina celebrates as Messi joins Maradona in bringing home World Cup

Millions of Argentinians collectively breathed a collective sigh after their dramatic World Cup win – and then they let loose in Buenos Aires to celebrate.

Maradona was the hero when South Americans brought the trophy home for the last time in 1986.

It was Lionel Messi’s turn after 36 years.

The World Cup finalist scored two goals in normal and extra time. He also won the penalty shootout.


Millions upon millions of Argentines cried, yelled, and hugged each other as they followed the game – most chanting their captain’s name.

Image: (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

The man many consider the greatest player in the world did not disappoint.

Celebrations continued throughout the night in the capital as well as in cities and towns all over the country.

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Image: (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

After drawing 3-3 in extra time , Argentina defeated defending champions France 4-2. This was in front of an 88,000 strong crowd in Qatar.

Image Messi opened scoring for Argentina, before Angel Di Maria doubled lead
Image Angel Di Maria celebrating scoring Argentina’s second goal

However, Kylian Mbappe’s late brace saw the game enter extra-time.

Argentina was once again in control thanks to Messi, but Mbappe scored another penalty to complete a remarkable hat-trick. Argentina finished 3-3 and entered the dreaded penalty shootout.

Image Nervous fans awaiting the penalty shoot-out

It was to be Argentina and Messi, as Gonzalo Montel won the spot-kick.

Messi won the trophy and was named player of the tournament.

Image Photo: AP

Outside the Lusail Stadium, Qatar, celebrations continued with the Argentina team displaying the trophy on an open top bus.

Image: (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

French fans were disappointed. President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “Congratulations France team for its career, its combativeness at this World Cup.

Image Dejected Mbappe after the defeat
Image: France’s President Emmanuel Macron commiserates Mbappe. (Pic: AP)

“You have delighted the nation and all of your supporters across the globe. Bravo to Argentina for their victory.

Image Some scuffles broke out between France fans, and Paris police


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