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Argentina players, fans across the globe celebrate World Cup victory
FIFA Men's World Cup

Argentina players, fans across the globe celebrate World Cup victory

Updated Dec. 19, 2022 3:23 p.m. ET

The party started as soon as Gonzalo Montiel's penalty strike sailed past Hugo Lloris and found the back of the net. It kept going for hours.

Argentina icon Lionel Messi, his teammates, manager Lionel Scaloni and Argentina fans at Lusail Stadium, back home in Buenos Aires and across the world screamed, cheered, hugged and cried. Albiceleste secured its third World Cup title — and first for the 35-year-old Messi — providing breathtaking scenes of celebration around the globe.

Catch them all below:

The immediate aftermath


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Scaloni sobs

In 2016, after Messi temporarily retired from the Argentina national team, his former teammate Lionel Scaloni begged him to come back on Twitter. Over six years later, Messi and Argentina finally achieved their World Cup dream — with Scaloni as their manager.

Scaloni was hardly the only one in the building crying tears of joy.

Sergio Agüero joins the party

Agüero, the legendary Argentinian soccer player and close friend of Messi who was forced to retire due to a heart condition, was right in the middle of the celebration on the field.

When Messi was later paraded around Lusail Stadium, he was on Agüero's shoulders.

Agüero later tweeted that, "The best in the world has to win the world cup. I love you my friend."

Jumping for joy!

The party is ON in Buenos Aires …

… in midair …

… and around the world!

The street-level view in Argentina

Wait for it …

Party into the night!

Back in Qatar, Messi takes it all in

Bad Bunny goes crazy!

Epic selfie

Messi's teammates show him love

The party goes to the tunnel …

… the locker room …

… on the bus …

… and even on the airplane home!

Albiceleste's home base awaits


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