Argentina is truly festive.
The Argentine people, who were in despair due to economic difficulties, longed for the championship more than ever.
When the championship was confirmed after 36 years, I forgot my worries and enjoyed the joy of victory.
Reporter Kim Jang-hoon covered the story.
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The moment when Argentina’s fourth kicker, Gonzalo Montiel’s shot was successful.
The Argentine people, who watched with bated breath, cheered with a loud voice.
It was the first championship in 36 years since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
Argentinians are thrilled with excitement.
[Roberto Abeldaños/Argentina] “I watched all the World Cup matches with my kids. Winning the World Cup is great.”
The capital, Buenos Aires, quickly turned into a huge festival scene.
Citizens poured out and marched on Obelisk Street, a symbol of Argentinian independence, singing cheers.
[Valentin/Argentina] “I still can’t believe it. I’m really happy. Messi deserves a long title win. Thanks to the national team.”
Rosario, the hometown of Argentina’s champion Lionel Messi, was also in a frenzy.
“Come, come, we, led by Lionel Messi, will win.”
Brazil, the biggest competitor in the World Cup, also congratulated the South American country on their victory.
[Felipe Pereira/Brazil] “I’m not Argentinian, so I don’t know how they feel, but I feel fantastic. Thanks to Messi.”
Winning the World Cup has a special meaning for Argentina, which is struggling with an inflation rate approaching 100% and a poverty rate reaching 40%.
[Janina/Argentina] “We had to suffer. Nothing is easy for the Argentine people. But we are celebrating a victory here today.” 메이저놀이터
AFP news agency said, “Right now, there is an atmosphere in Argentina that the success of football and the magic of Messi will ease the pain of millions of economically difficult people.”
Praise was pouring in for this final match, which was bloody close to the end.
“We’ll never see a match like this again,” former England international Rio Fernand wrote on social media, while tennis star Serena Williams wrote, “If I’m having a heart attack, it’s because of this World Cup final.”
FIFA also rated it as “the greatest World Cup final ever” through its official account.