It’s been over a month since Argentina lifted the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Consequently, those that didn’t partake within the victory are starting to share tales about how seeing Lionel Messi win the trophy made the nation really feel.
Juan Román Riquelme shared his delight within the blessing that the Argentine Nationwide Crew offered the nation after their efficiency in Qatar. After all, Riquelme had his share of moments with La Albiceleste as a participant, and despite the fact that he wasn’t a part of the group, he was glad to see Messi lastly develop into a world champion.
“I thank the gamers for the enjoyment they gave us to all Argentines,” Riquelme advised ESPN (h/t TyC Sports). “For individuals who like soccer, it was stunning to see Messi carry the Cup. Not solely we needed that. I feel there have been only a few occasions in historical past that everybody has agreed that he deserved to win it. I’m very glad that he has achieved it.”
The previous Boca Juniors star defined his relationship with the Paris Saint-Germain star as he performed with a younger Messi.
Riquelme and Messi shared 4 years within the Argentine Nationwide Crew, from 2005 to 2008, once they performed within the World Cup in Germany, the place the Germans eradicated them within the quarterfinals, and the 2007 Copa América in Venezuela, through which they have been runners-up.
“I all the time mentioned that so long as Messi performs, Argentina will all the time be the favourite,” Riquelme mentioned. “He likes to compete; he performs ball like within the neighborhood. When he performs, nothing hurts … It’s fantastic.”