Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has expressed his elation about his former teammate and fellow legend Lionel Messi finally winning the FIFA World Cup.
The 35-year-old seven-time Ballon d’Or winner ended his 16-year-long pursuit of the World Cup last night when he led Argentina to a victory over France in the finals of the 2022 edition in Qatar.
Messi starred on the night scoring two goals but Argentina eventually needed the penalty shootouts to secure a victory after Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick for France.
Tributes have been pouring in for the former Barcelona captain ever since he hoisted the trophy aloft at the Lusail Stadium last night.
And, Iniesta is the latest one to congratulate the Argentine skipper, claiming that seeing Messi win the World Cup brings him the utmost happiness, adding it was the cherry on top of what has been an illustrious career.
Looking at the World Cup he had, and the wonderful final, and in the end, the time came for Messi to carry the trophy, this is something that cannot be explained, it is the utmost happiness,” Messi said.
“Leo did everything to win the World Cup, he delivered a stunning World Cup in all aspects, and the cherry on top of the cake was winning the World Cup,” he added.
Iniesta made these comments when he showed up at Barcelona’s training facilities earlier today. Talking about returning to the club, he said: “Well, now I’m going to spend my vacation in Barcelona, I came to say hello to my colleagues, I’m happy.”
When asked if he had been following the Blaugrana’s season, Iniesta insisted that he was keeping an eye on things and hoped that the team, under his former teammate Xavi, can go on to win all the trophies that they are contesting for.
From a distance, I follow everything I can. I wish the best for the team, and I am confident in that, and I hope that Barcelona will win all the titles that are still possible,” Iniesta added.