Xavi and Joan Laporta paid tribute to Lionel Messi following his long-awaited World Cup triumph, the latter stating “historical justice has been done.”
The former Barcelona star led Argentina to glory in Qatar as La Albiceleste defeated reigning champions France 4-2 on penalties following an enthralling 3-3 draw at Lusail Stadium.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner finally added the sport’s biggest prize to his collection following a glittering career that has also seen him win 11 league titles, four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups and the Copa America.
And the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s achievements were by saluted by Barca head coach Xavi with his former team-mate also empathising with Ousmane Dembele and Jules Kounde, who were on the losing French side.
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“It was an extraordinary final for the spectator, one of the best matches I’ve seen in my life,” he said at the premiere of a new Prime Video docuseries entitled ‘FC Barcelona, A New Era.’
“I think Argentina were better and deserved it. I feel sorry for Dembele and Kounde. But we must congratulate Leo Messi, who now has his World Cup, something that could not be missing in his career.”
Blaugrana president Laporta added: “He deserves it, he is the best of all time, historical justice has been done.
“We would have been happy if our Kounde and Dembele won it, but I think all of us who love and are grateful to Messi for what he has given us are happy for him.”