February 3rd Messi accepted an exclusive interview with Ole newspaper at his home in Paris today
Do you remember that moment when you kissed the trophy?
Messi: I don’t know how to put into words how I felt at the time.
Looking at that trophy, I didn’t think about what kind of reaction it would be.
It’s so close to me, my heart wants me to get close to it, to touch it, to kiss it.
That’s all I can say.
It’s a really huge emotion.
How much do you look forward to that moment?
Messi: Looking forward to it!
I have been in the national team for so many years and have experienced many World Cups. In 2014, I was very close to that trophy.
There were a lot of sacrifices, a lot of failures, a lot of difficult times, and I had to go through that and it was a beautiful result.
They feel the same as I do, if not more strongly. I have acquaintances living in Argentina who live today and think about tomorrow. I know they suffer as I do.
When we’re together, they try to show me that they’re not like that, but in the back of my mind I know they’re having a bad day.
winning the world cup mood
It was a very exciting moment to this day, even more so when I look back.
It’s been a while now, but I’m still watching those videos.
A ‘plea’ to Montiel in World Cup final penalty shootout
I saw people say I was talking about Diego (Maradona) or my grandma, I was really asking God, as always, I prayed to him for Montiel to score that penalty, I said “Please go in
Let’s just end it there,” I was praying, as I do in other tense moments.
and the photo of the championship trophy
We arrived in Argentina early in the morning, had a little sleep, beat the jet lag, DePaul and Otamendi were on my side, they heard me go to the toilet and turned on the TV, I don’t know why there was a trophy like that
The photo, the trophy was on the other side, and then DePaul came over and took the photo.
The importance of DePaul to the Argentina national team
For the team, whether it is competition or getting along, he is an important member of the national team. He will joke around in his spare time, but he will become serious and give his best when he is working. He is important to the team.
You tweeted a month after your World Cup win, why did you post the song de la sole?
The song de la Sole means a lot to us.
Before the America’s Cup, we always listen to these few songs, they make us feel good.
There were some special moments, the song de la sole accompanied us in the Copa America and the World Cup.
It’s very important to our team.
Where do you listen to this song?
In the locker room?
Anytime, in the locker room, on the way to the court.
We would choose three or four songs before we sang.
Singing means a lot to the team.
have you seen them
How do you see people celebrating you, the team, the championship, like a birthday.
(Watches the video, then laughs) I’ve seen it, and I’ve seen Piroud on the Athletic, and I think it’s the most fulfilling month for people, and they enjoy it a lot.
Not just the finals, becoming world champions, but every game for a whole month, people came out to enjoy and celebrate.
A special month for the Argentine, who became world champion.
The festivities justify it, people come out and enjoy it.
There were so many different ages, adults, teens, kids, everything at the festival and it was incredible to see their faces.
That’s the way people celebrate Argentina winning the World Cup, obviously, to me it’s pretty spectacular.
That small step squatting to celebrate, everyone is waiting for you, how did this come about?
Messi: I don’t know, it was a celebration after the Copa America, with some changes.
I saw all the boys waiting for me with trophies, yes, the first time we did it in the Copa America, we did it again in the final, we did it again in the World Cup, it’s something different.
After the Saudi game, you said “we won’t let the fans down”, but before the Mexico game, was there no fear?
Messi: Yes, obviously, although we are confident in what we are, what we can do, even if we are defeated by Saudi Arabia.
Obviously, the game was not as bad as we expected, after the first defeat, things were not easy.
Because if you don’t win, you need to look at other people’s colors, and if you lose, we have no chance.
But after that, we showed the strength of the team, we showed what we can do as a team and it was a special test.
After the game against Mexico everything got stronger.
There were concerns that the result would not be what we expected, or even one of the worst races, but that’s normal and we’re all fighting for it.
Remember the halftime game against Mexico?
Messi: I remember talking to the kids and telling them I know we are in a difficult situation but let’s try to get out of it.
Forget about the rest and play as usual.
We were unbeaten for 35 games and we knew that if we did what we did we would be better than Mexico, even though they are a great team.
And because of the way Mexico play, it will be a tough test for us, but we know we are better than that.
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