Lionel Messi’s World Cup win post becomes the most liked Instagram post by a sportsperson, to breaks Cristiano Ronaldo’s post with him.
Argentine star Lionel Messi shared a heartfelt message with photos celebrating the 2022 World Cup victory alongside photos of him thanking his teammates, family, and fans.
As a result, Lionel Messi ended his World Cup career with the trophy he said would be his last, regardless of the outcome. In the beginning of the final, it seemed like Argentina would overpower a seemingly drained France side.
However, Kylian Mbappe’s spectacular brace at the beginning of the final 10 minutes turned it into an exciting thriller that has been hailed as one of the greatest ever World Cup finals.
Messi himself scored twice, including a goal late in extra time which seemingly sealed the deal at last for Argentina. However, Mbappe converted a penalty just seconds later to complete his hat-trick and force the match, which ended with a scoreline of 3-3, into a penalty shootout.
Both Messi and Mbappe, who incidentally are teammates at club level with Paris St Germain, scored their penalties and in the end it was Argentina who prevailed 4-2 in the shootout.
Messi then made a heartfelt post on Instagram thanking his teammates, family and the Argentina fans alongwith photos of him celebrating with the trophy.
He also made it clear at the end of it that he may have played his last World Cup match but intends to continue playing for Argentina. “WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!! I dreamed it so many times, I wanted it so much that I still haven’t fallen, I can’t believe it……” says Messi in Spanish.
“Thank you very much to my family, to all who support me and also to all who believed in us. We demonstrate once again that Argentines when we fight together and united we are capable of achieving what we set out to do.
The merit belongs to this group, which is above individualities, it is the strength of all fighting for the same dream that was also the dream of all Argentines… We did it!!! GO ARGENTINA!!!!! we are seeing each other very soon”
The post has crossed 49 million likes, which now makes it the most liked post on Instagram by a sportsperson. The previous record was also held by a post involving Messi, although it was made by his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
The post showed Ronaldo and Messi seemingly engrossed in a game of chess. It was for an advertisement campaign by a clothing label but also a rare moment that brought the two players together outside the pitch.