When Lionel Messi helped lead Argentina to victory during the World Cup, he wasn’t expecting his celebratory photograph to become the most-liked image on Instagram.
Last Friday, the soccer legend officially surpassed the popular “egg photo,” posted by @world_record_egg, which has 58 million likes. However, the World Cup trophy hit 72 million likes as of Friday, making it the spot-liked image on the social media site.
“CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD,” the caption reads, paying homage to his team’s amazing accomplishment. “So many times I dreamed it, so much I wanted it that I still don’t fall, I can’t believe it…… Thank you so much to my family, to all who support me, and also to all who believed in us.”
“We prove once again that Argentinians when we fight together and united we are able to achieve what we aim. The merit is of this group, which is above individuals, is the strength of all fighting for the same dream that was also the one of all Argentinians,” Messi continued. “We did it!!! LET’S GO ARGENTINA DAMN!!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 We’re seeing each other very soon.”
Undeniably, the photo showcases an achievement Messi has been working for ages to accomplish. The athlete, who is considered to be one of the best soccer players in the world, has played in five World Cups total and earned his position as Argentina’s team captain.
Lionel Messi confirms he is continuing his career after World Cup win
On December 18th, Argentina secured its third World Cup victory over France due to the help of the 35-year-old soccer legend. Despite speculation about this being his last World Cup appearance due to an ominous statement he shared, the champion recently admitted he has no plans to slow down on his climb to the top.
“I won the Copa America and the World Cup quickly. I love what I do, being in the national team, and I want to continue living a few more games being world champion,” Messi explained in an interview following his team’s big win.
Messi, who also holds the record for most World Cup appearances in a single career, referred to his World Cup title as “a childhood dream.” and couldn’t be prouder of his significant accomplishment. “I was lucky to have achieved everything in this career … and this one that was missing is here,” he told TyC Sports. “It’s madness.”
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