Following Argentina’s victory against France, Lionel Messi called his former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez on FaceTime and proudly displayed the World Cup trophy.
Following La Albiceleste’s win over France on penalties at Lusail Stadium, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner finally raised the illustrious trophy for the first time in his career.
After a 3-3 draw in which Messi and Kylian Mbappe each scored two goals, Emiliano Martinez’s heroics allowed Argentina to win on penalties.
Argentina was celebrating at the end of the game after winning the World Cup for the first time since 1986, the year before Messi was born. It was an exciting final with drama, controversy, and plenty of goals.
The Paris Saint-Germain player, who scored seven goals and collected three assists during the competition in Qatar, received the Player of the Tournament title for his efforts.
Before raising the World Cup trophy in front of the Argentina fans inside the stadium with his teammates, he was given the honor. In the midst of the celebrations, Messi called Suarez on FaceTime as soon as he entered the changing room to thank him.
While Messi proudly held the golden medal, Suarez could be seen beaming with joy for his former teammate. Without any indication of a South American rivalry, the Uruguayan forward posted it on his Instagram story.
From 2014 until 2020, Suarez spent six seasons playing with Messi at Barcelona, where they grew close while sharing the Camp Nou. Together, they took home numerous significant awards, including the Champions League, La Liga, and Copa del Rey.
Suarez thanked Messi for his effort and victory on Instagram following Argentina’s victory over Croatia in the semi-final. He spoke “You never get weary of demonstrating your superiority to others. Messi is praised throughout the world for his contributions to football. Amazing, my friend!”
James Maddison and Virgil van Dijk were two other footballers that congratulated Messi in addition to Suarez.
Van Djik reacted on Messi’s Instagram post, congratulating him on winning the World Cup and using the clapping hands emoji.
Jordi Alba, an ex-teammate at Barcelona, said: “Greetings, buddy! You deserved it!” Jesse Lingard responded to Luis Diaz’s tweet with four GOAT emojis and three heart-shaped emoticons after the Liverpool winger said who he thought would win the Messi-Ronaldo argument.
James Maddison, a player for Leicester, wrote in the interim: “For those who are familiar with football, tonight’s outcome had no bearing on whether Messi was the greatest player to ever play the game or not. But even so, I’m glad he did it for those who believed he needed it so that the matter is settled.”
We will never see a player like Messi again, according to Declan Rice.