The Argentina hero completed another career milestone by moving out of Diego Maradona’s shadow.
Lionel Messi says he never doubted Argentina would win the World Cup in Qatar.
The Argentine icon scored twice for his side in a thrilling final on Sunday. He scored twice for the Albiceleste, but a hat-trick from his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Kylian Mbappe, took the game to penalties.
Argentina then won the shoot-outs 4-2 to claim their third World Cup trophy. Messi won the tournament’s Golden Ball award and became the final’s Man of the Match.
“It’s crazy that it happened this way. I wanted it very much,” he told TyC Sports.
“I knew that God was going to give it to me, I had a feeling that it was going to be this way. Now to enjoy.
“Look at this cup, it’s beautiful. We suffered a lot but we made it. We can’t wait to be in Argentina and to see how crazy it’s going to be.
“This was the trophy I have wanted all of my life. This was my dream since childhood.”
By scoring in the final, Messi became the first player to score in all of the knock-out stages of a single World Cup campaign.
The Argentinian superstar also broke the record for most appearances in the tournament as he played his 16th match for the Albiceleste.
The PSG star has already said he won’t play in another World Cup tournament. But he refused to announce his retirement from international football.
“I am not retiring from the Argentina national team. I want to continue playing as a champion,” the World Cup winner added.