Last night was a special one for Lionel Messi and Argentina as they won their first World Cup after 36 years, with the former Barcelona captain getting his hands on the one piece of silverware that has eluded him throughout his career.
Messi was the standout performer for the South American nation at the tournament in Qatar and rightly came away with the Golden Ball while he also finished as the second-highest goalscorer at the World Cup behind Kylian Mbappe.
Naturally, tributes and congratulatory messages have been flowing in for Messi ever since Gonzalo Montiel’s penalty that won it for Argentina in the shootout.
From former teammates to rivals to legends of the game, everyone has been sending their wishes to Messi on conquering his final frontier. Even former US President Barack Obama acknowledged him as the ‘GOAT’ with a post on Twitter.
Now, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has also taken to social media to congratulate Messi following his accomplishment on Sunday.
Congratulations Leo! You deserve it. Football owed you this moment,” the Barcelona president wrote on his Twitter account.
It has been widely speculated that the relationship between Messi and Laporta has been rocky ever since the former’s exit from Barça last year.
The club supremo, however, has been trying to mend fences and has even hinted in the past that he would like to bring Messi back to Camp Nou.
But even though the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s contract with PSG expires in the summer, a return to Barcelona does not appear to be on the cards as things stand, with the club mired in Financial Fair Play mess.