Messi’s Instagram post goes viral after World Cup win; becomes most-liked post by a celebrity

Argentina’s Lionel Messi kisses the trophy after winning the World Cup final match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar

Argentina’s Lionel Messi kisses the trophy after winning the World Cup final match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar
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Lionel Messi finally won a FIFA World Cup with Argentina, sparking celebrations all around the world. Messi scored two goals in the final against France in a thriller that ended 3-3 in extra time, before Argentina prevailed 4-2 on penalties.

The jubilation around the world following Messi’s feat was evident as the Argentine’s post on Instagram following the historic win became the most-liked post by a celebrity within 18 hours of him uploading it.

Messi’s social media update crossed Cristiano Ronaldo’s photo of Messi and him playing chess, advertising for Louis Vuitton. Ronaldo’s post had 41.9 million likes as of December 19 evening, and Messi’s had reached 45 million.

In his post, Messi shared pics from the wild celebrations in the final. He captioned it: “World Champions! I dreamed it so many times, I wanted it so much that I still haven’t fallen, I can’t believe it…… Thank you very much to my family, to all who support me and also to all who believed in us. We demonstrate once again that Argentines when we fight together and united we are capable of achieving what we set out to do. The merit belongs to this group, which is above individualities, it is the strength of all fighting for the same dream that was also the dream of all Argentines… We did it!!!

Messi’s post also becomes the second-most liked one on Instagram, with the record currently held by Chris Godfrey’s photo of an egg, an internet meme that had 56.2 million likes as of December 19, 2022.

Argentina defeated defending champion France on penalty kicks, winning their first World Cup since 1986 and third overall. It also marked a crowning achievement in the career of Lionel Messi.

Messi twice gave Argentina the lead, at 1-0 on a 23rd-minute penalty and 3-2 in the 108th minute. At 35, he became the first man in World Cup history to score goals in the group stage, Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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