An atmosphere of joy and crying prevailed among the players and supporters of the Argentine national team, which won the World Cup final at Lusail Stadium, on penalties, at the expense of France, on Sunday.
And goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who saved a penalty kick and won the title of best goalkeeper in the tournament, considered that the match was “very difficult”.
He said, “We suffered a lot. We had to suffer and reach penalty kicks. We scored the third goal, then they got a penalty kick and scored, and they could have added the fourth.”
He added, crying in the interview on the field: “This is what I dreamed of. I dreamed a lot about this tournament.. I have no words to describe what I feel. I left my country from a humble region heading to England, and now I want to dedicate this achievement to my mother, I dedicate the title To my family and children.”
And on how he dealt with penalty kicks: “I had to deal with it calmly. Also, thanks to my colleagues, I was able to block the first kick (scored by Kylian Mbappe).”
And the striker, Lautaro Martinez, expressed his great influence on the atmosphere in the stadium and the presence of this large number of fans, “I do not know what to say.. Look at this atmosphere. I thank everyone, the Argentine people, my family, the 26 players, those who stayed abroad, the staff, the federation, and everyone who was with us.”
He added, “I dedicate the title to all the people I mentioned and to my family who are in the stands, my mother is at home and watches the match with all her heart, and my grandmother who is not going through the best moments. I hope (this title) gives her more strength.”
During an interview with him on air, Gabriel Batistuta, the former Argentine international striker, cried in the “BN Sports” studio after the match, and said: “I am very happy for Messi, for Argentina and for the whole country … I am not able to speak. Everyone wanted to win for Argentina. .. Excuse me (because I’m crying) but we’ve waited so long for this title.”
And he considered that Messi deserved it, “for all that he has done over 20 years in football.”
As for French President Emmanuel Macron, who followed the match from the stadium, and was interacting with its events, he wrote on Twitter: “Oh, the blues, you made us dream.”