Qatar and Messi Enjoy Triumph at FIFA World Cup 2022
The iconic picture of Argentina's 1986 FIFA World Cup victory, when they last experienced victory, was reproduced by the team.
The cityscape in Doha, Qatar had drastically changed in just a few hours when the sun emerged on Monday, gleaming with all of its power among the breeze heralding the arrival of winter. After an incident that altered Qatar’s appearance in the eyes of the entire world, all was now tranquil and peaceful. The previous night, during an electrifying FIFA World Cup final that was the first-ever in the Arab world, Lionel Messi’s entire perspective on the world was altered. The crown that had evaded him many such times in the past would become his fate here in the desert, and he would awaken this day as a world champion.
Messi uploaded a photo of himself with the FIFA World Cup trophy to Instagram along with the caption “So many times I dreamt of it, I wanted it so much, I can’t believe it”. It was the FIFA trophy that repeatedly looked to be eluding its grasp during a historic final on Sunday night. Argentina saw a 2-0 advantage, provided by Messi and Angel di Maria, fade in a matter of a second as Kylian Mbappe, Messi’s Paris St. Germain teammate, turned it on belatedly. Then, in extra time, Messi put Argentina ahead before Mbappe levelled the score and forced a shootout. Mbappe was unable to do anything but watch helplessly as his teammates missed chances to put Messi in a celebratory stupor.
Before Messi raised the trophy, Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani briefly took the stage with him and draped him in the “bisht,” a traditional robe used by Arab males during ceremonies. There would be additional interference, which generated criticism for that first instance. Messi, meanwhile, had no trouble lifting the trophy to the thunderous applause of his teammates and the Argentinean supporters who had come to the game in anticipation of witnessing his moment of redemption at the Lusail Stadium. After all, the Qatari rulers are Messi’s employers at PSG.
The Argentinian players reproduced the iconic image of the last time they experienced World Cup success in 1986 as the French players retreated into the tunnel: Diego Maradona carrying the World Cup trophy at the Estadio Azteca while being carried by a sizable crowd. Messi was in the lead in Lusail, the future city and expansion of Doha have finally delivered on his pledge to emulate Maradona. Messi, who had earlier declared that the FIFA World Cup final would be his final game, revealed to Argentine station TyC Sports that he will enjoy a few more matches as a winner.
In the midst of all of that, Mbappe defeated and discouraged, strode past dozens of reporters, out of the mixed zone, and into the team bus, ready to depart Qatar and return to Paris where he will be reunited with Messi in the least until the end of this season. Mbappe had performed this last walk while dancing in the mixed zone four years prior in Russia. On Tuesday, Mbappe will be 24. He has much further to go.
However, with the World Cup in Qatar concluding, the organisers, who have faced 12 years of scrutiny since being awarded the right to host the sport’s premier event, wanted their turn in the spotlight as well. As a result, probably for the very first time, a representative of the Local Organising Committee for the World Cup landed in a mixed zone following the championship game. The Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery’s secretary general, Hassan Al Thawadi, said he could feel his vocal cords deteriorating but continued speaking.
Al Thawadi said in an appearance with Sky News before the championship game that up to 414 construction workers had perished while constructing the facilities that had enabled Qatar to host the smallest FIFA World Cup ever in a nation centred around a single city. He told reporters that every host nation constantly develops on the previous so it is always regarded as the greatest in history up to this point in time.
Al Thawadi had just stepped out of the divided zone when the festivities started. Argentina’s athletes rushed it while clinging to the FIFA World Cup, led by Messi. It was a party held in a location where taking pictures or making movies is typically not permitted. But nobody gave a damn. History happened at this point. The Argentineans were singing at the top of their lungs and even made fun of the national press for doubting their chances of winning the World Cup.
They had been effective in sidestepping queries from local journalists. It was now time for the outside festivities.
The FIFA finale had been held on Qatar’s National Day, and both Argentina and Qatar were celebrating their national pride at the same time. Thousands of supporters, many of them from South Asia, where the Albiceleste are enormously popular, gathered as the Argentines celebrated on an open-top bus at Lusail Boulevard. Then daybreak arrived.
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