Argentina’s third World Cup After a match, the title is awarded to go down as This timeless classic was a moment of joy and happiness in a country that is struggling with near-three-digit inflation, political unrest and months of economic and financial uncertainty. 

Joyous fans, decked out in the national flag’s sky blue and white colors, gathered in downtown Buenos Aires Sunday afternoon to You can celebrate the victory you sometimes thought was possible to slip from the team’s grasp. Winning soccer’s ultimate prize, Argentina’s first in 36 years, provided a much-needed distraction from the misery of day-to-day life. 

The penalty shootout win over France — the teams were tied at 3-3 after extra time at Lusail Stadium in Qatar — was even more bittersweet since it possibly marked the last World Cup The appearance of a global superstar and team talisman Lionel Messi. As the trophy was lifted into Qatar, Messi His image was tarnished as The greatest player of the entire world and possibly all time.

It is possible to see. Messi Lifting the World Cup Age 35 prompted thousands upon thousands of Argentines to Make the long, difficult and costly trip to Qatar — fans such as 41-year-old Emiliano Piano. All seven events were attended by him. Argentina’s games, first staying with his partner and then with five friends who arrived later. 

“Personally, this is a dream come true,” Piano spoke by phone amid an affluent crowd celebrating Qatari independence Day. “After five World Cups chasing this, at long last I could see Messi as a world champion.”

It was Messi who scored the game’s opening goal — from the penalty spot — scored again in extra time to He made it 3-1 and kicked in his spot-kick at the end of the shootout. Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning kick. Messi The sank to His teammates engulfed him and he fell to his knees in center circle.

Piano, as well as millions of Argentines will feel the relief from another difficult economic year. 

Inflation is a constant problem in this country that has suffered from crisis for years. to The year ended at close to 100 percent, compared with 50% when it began. The number of jobs has increased and the unemployment rate has dropped, but wage growth is still below inflation for most new employees. Workers are experiencing a loss in purchasing power. Extreme poverty has been on the rise.

If the past is any indicator, next year’s presidential election is in our future to inject more volatility into an economy already grinding through a crop drought that’s expected to Important commodity exports will suffer. According to central bank survey, economists expect inflation to Hopefully, we will be close to 100% at the end of next years.

But for now at least, there’s a sense that Argentines are all on the same side.

“It’s an achievement that’s unified the country,” Piano said. The win “doesn’t resolve anything but you feel grateful for a moment that there isn’t the famous political divide,” He stated. 

Hard economic truths weren’t exactly front and center as triumphant fans swarmed into the capital’s streets, dancing, singing and clambering onto balconies, lamp-posts and whatever vantage point was available. It was a great celebration as There is so much to do Messi as Thanks to him. He would have made the trip home so much quicker without him.

After you have completed the albiceleste Their campaign began with a shocking loss to Saudi Arabia. Messi Whose performances drove the team to five straight victories before Sunday’s showdown. Coach Lionel Scaloni said it’s too early to even begin to Call us at Messi’s international career.

“Messi should have a place in the next World Cup,” He spoke after the finale. “If he wants to continue playing, the ‘10’ will always be his.”

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