Lionel Messi turned the Finalissima match at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday into his playground.
On a night that pitted the Copa America and European Championship winners up against each other, Messi put on a masterclass as Argentina ran away 3-0 victors under the Wembley arch.
The South American giants extended their unbeaten run to an eye-watering 32 matches as Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala all found the net in a convincing triumph.
Messi inspires Finalissima win
And although Argentina’s leading man didn’t find the net himself, he still turned provider for the first and third goals to secure – depending on your definitions – a second piece of international silverware.
However, even if you want to bang the drum that reviving the Artemio Franchi Cup made for no more than a glorified friendly, you can forgive the Argentina players for soaking up their triumph.
Regardless of whether it’s the World Cup or FA Trophy, it’s not every day you get to lift silverware at the home of football, so Argentina really made the most of the occasion by letting loose at full-time.
Sure, there were no we’ve-just-won-the-World-Cup tears and jubilation, but everyone from Messi to Emiliano Martinez embraced the joy of conquering the European champions.
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Argentina enjoy their celebrations
In fact, there was one way in which the Argentina squad celebrated that particularly caught the eye and it all had to do with the man who inspired them to victory in the first place: Messi himself.
Remarkable footage has emerged after the Finalissima win showing members of the Argentina squad, as well as the staff, ensuring that they remembered the evening by posing for a photo with Messi.
It really is head-turning to see player after player after staff member after staff member queuing up to get a snap with Messi – ever the good sport – essentially posing for the same photo over and over again.
While that might not sound too bonkers in isolation, just pause for a second and consider how rare that really is.
Do you see a queue of Liverpool players lining up behind Jordan Henderson when they win a trophy? Or even the Real Madrid squad forming a line behind Karim Benzema after bagging the Champions League title?
Messi treated like a celebrity
It really does go to show how influential Messi truly is that people who share a dressing room with him every international break queue up for photos with him like they’re mega fans. Be sure to check out the footage down below:
Everyone wants a Finalissima picture with Lionel Messi! pic.twitter.com/EMTbeFYaS6— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) June 2, 2022
What a way to remember the day
Power to them, by the way.
Don’t think for a second that we’re mocking the Argentina players and staff because you can bet your bottom dollar that we’d be joining the queue if we were in the same position as them.
Besides, it’s not even the first time that it’s happened because footage also did the rounds last year when Barcelona players queued up for a photo with Messi after winning the 2021 Copa del Rey.
Throwback to when every Barcelona player was lining up to take photos with Messi and the Copa Del Rey trophy 😂❤️pic.twitter.com/PDctkxV9OD— TM (@TotalLeoMessi) January 19, 2022
And good for them because when they’re telling their grandkids about living the dream as a professional footballer, they’ll be able to show them a photo of the day they won silverware with one of the greats.
Messi, man, he really is something else.