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Messi dedicates the title to Maradona and remembers the 2014 runner-up: “Failure is part of the journey and learning”

The star of the Argentine national team has remembered the difficult times until the victory of the 2022 World Cup

Christone Poujoulat/AFPMessi celebrates
Lionel Messi won the 2022 World Cup with Argentina’s national team

After using Instagram to post a photo of the 2022 World Cup, Lionel Messi tried to dedicate the title to him Diego Armando MaradonaArgentina’s idol, who died in November 2020. As well as paying tribute to his predecessor and 1986 world champion, the number 10 also said the feat was also achieved by the runners-up in 2014 – on this occasion, the Albiceleste were beaten by Germany in overtime, in a tournament played in Brazil. “It’s been almost three decades in which football has brought me a lot of joy and also a little bit of sadness. I always had the dream of becoming a champion and I didn’t want to stop trying, even though I knew it might never happen. This Cup we won is also for all those who didn’t win it in the previous World Cups we played, like in 2014 in Brazil, where they all deserved it for the way they fought to the final, worked hard and loved it as much as I did … And we deserved it even in that damn final. It is also from Diego who encouraged us from heaven. And from all those who always financed the selection without looking so much at the result, but with the will we always put in, even when things didn’t go the way we wanted,” he began.

In Messi’s view, the bitter result in 2014 saw Argentina arrive better prepared to win the World Cup in Qatar. “And of course, from all this beautiful group that was formed and from the coaching staff and from all the selection people who, being anonymous, work day and night to make it easier for us. Failure is often part of the journey and learning, and without disappointment success is impossible to achieve. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart! Let’s go to Argentina!” concluded the star, chosen as the star of the tournament by FIFA. In seven games, the PSG star scored 7 goals and provided 3 assists.

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