Lionel Messi celebrates with family after winning Fifa World Cup
Moments after winning the Fifa World Cup title, Lionel Messi let the public into his private life by warmly celebrating the achievement with his immediate family on the football pitch.
The Argentine attacker was instrumental as his team rallied from a loss to Saudi Arabia in the opening match to defeat France on post-match penalties in a pulsating finale.
Moments after he was crowned world champion, Messi tightly hugged his mum who was in attendance at the stadium in an emotional moment with tears flowing freely.
The sentimental moment has since gone viral.
Messi’s wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, was also in attendance and got to give the famous trophy a kiss in the aftermath.
Antonela has been a constant source of support for Messi in Qatar, with their three children all out in the Gulf nation to cheer on their Paris Saint-Germain forward dad.
Messi who has won dozens of team and individual honours and has been mentioned as among the best football talents ever, also hugged his children who had donned jerseys labelled with his name.
Messi and Roccuzzo got married in 2017.
The two have known each other since they were young and kept their relationship private until about 2009.
Lionel Messi became the star of the Qatar World Cup after leading Argentina to triumph on the global stage for the first time in more than three decades.
The attacker was also awarded the Golden Ball after he scored seven times and laid on a further three assists in the tournament.
It was the time the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward had won the Golden Ball award. He is also the first player from South America to win the award.