Several South American presidents and Pelé this Sunday congratulated the Argentine national team led by star Lionel Messi, who managed to become world champions in Qatar 2022 by beating France 4-2 in the final on penalties, after a 3 draw. 3 in regular time and overtime.
Former Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pelé’, who has been hospitalized since late November, called the match “exciting” and praised the performances of Leonel Messi and Kylian Mbappé.
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“Congratulations Argentina, I’m sure Diego is smiling now,” the three-time world champion wrote on Instagram.
In the message, Pelé recognized Messi’s career and also applauded the role of Mbappé, the star of the French team
“@leomessi won his first World Cup as his career deserved,” said the Brazilian soccer star.
“My dear friend @k.mbappe, scoring four goals in one final. What a gift it was to see that spectacle,” he added.
For his part, the Bolivian president, Luis Arce, celebrated Argentina’s triumph and assured that it was a “victory for the great Latin American homeland”.
The Argentines celebrated in a big way
“Believe, fight and win. The victory of #Argentina is the victory of #PatriaGrande. Congratulations world champion!” Arce wrote on Twitter.
— Luis Alberto Arce Catacora (Lucho Arce) (@LuchoXBolivia) December 18, 2022
The Colombian ruler, Gustavo Petro, also joined the celebrations and at the same time defended the Iranian footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani, sentenced to death in his country for having supported protests for women’s rights and freedoms.
“Very good for Messi and for the Argentine people,” wrote Petro on his Twitter account after the triumph of those led by Lionel Scaloni.
Great for Messi and the people of Argentina. And that Iran doesn’t kill football. pic.twitter.com/fUVCMp9xpY
— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) December 18, 2022
Hundreds of thousands of Argentines celebrated in Buenos Aires amidst songs, shouts and fireworks and paraded along the main avenue of the Argentine capital to celebrate the world title near the Obelisk.
As soon as the incredible match played at the Lusail stadium ended, defined by an excruciating penalty that was overturned in favor of the Albiceleste, countless columns of people began their pilgrimage towards one of the most symbolic points of the capital.
Most of them wore their country’s shirts – almost all sporting Lionel Messi’s number 10 – and fans also wore flags, hats, scarves and sound elements.
In Italy the party was experienced in the same way by the Argentine community, two countries with close cultural ties, in different cities, with particular intensity in Naples, the South Americans took to the streets to celebrate the championship.