The Argentina team entered the final of the Qatar 2022 World Cup by beating Croatia categorically 3-0. The ‘Albiceleste’ game was consistent and Lionel Messi became the great figure, although he not only stole the attention on the field, but also in the minutes before the initial whistle.
All the activities for the match at the Lusail Iconic Stadium were already established and the starting players from both squads were assembling the corresponding lines in the tunnel. This is how the ‘Flea’ appeared, which caused a sensation among all the children who were going to accompany the teams.
The PSG striker looked friendly and greeted all the little ones; while seconds later he addressed the Italian referee Daniele Orsato, with whom he had a brief conversation. Messi immediately settled in as the leader of the South American squad and had one last gesture of affection: he hugged Luka Modric, captain of Croatia; and goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.
After this brief scene, Lionel returned to his place, but the unexpected happened: he realized that he had forgotten the banner that represents Argentina and that he had to exchange it at the match protocol ceremony. Quickly, the scorer returned to the dressing room and alerted one of his team’s assistants to the problem.
Messi was concerned about the inconvenience and asked those in charge of organizing the World Cup for a little time. “I forgot the flag, they are going to bring it to me”, explained the ‘Flea’, while the Argentine assistant appeared with the corresponding insignia. Finally, the setback, captured by the cameras of El Gráfico, was fixed.
Back on the pitch, ‘Leo’ shone with the Argentina team shirt, scoring a penalty goal and assisting Julián Álvarez once, and was chosen as the star against Croatia. The striker has scored five goals in Qatar 2022, equaling Kylian Mbappé, and will have the final to become the tournament’s top scorer.
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