Huge Messi mural painted in Argentina as fans celebrate World Cup win again

Argentina fans have been going wild in the capital as the one year anniversary approaches since they won the World Cup.

Celebrations have resumed 12 months on from the win in Qatar as a massive mural of Lionel Messi was unveiled in Buenos Aires.

Argentinians welcomed home the national team after a thrilling tournament in the Middle East as they managed to lift football's biggest trophy, despite losing to Saudi Arabia in the group stage.

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It was a nerve-wracking final as La Albiceleste faced off against France, with Kylian Mbappe pushing his side into extra time against the South Americans with a hat-trick.

Despite France's best efforts, it was Argentina who edged it on penalties, after six goals and 120 minutes.

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Now, Argentinians are enjoying celebrations once again after the huge mural of the former Barcelona forward was unveiled.

The national team captain moved to MLS side Inter Miami in a record-breaking deal earlier this year after spending much of his career at the Catalan giants before moving to Paris St Germain for two seasons.

Speaking after the World Cup win, the third in Argentina's history, he told Mundo Deportivo: “I told them [my family] that it was over after so much time, so much suffering because there were times when I suffered a lot with the national team.

"Many disappointments, always having been so close and never happening. I received criticism from all sides for a long time and I know that my family suffered the same as me or more.

“They always wanted to show me that they were fine, that they were strong. But I know that inside they were suffering a lot, not only because it didn’t happen, but because of the harsh things they said towards me, which went beyond football.

"That was what really bothered me and hurt me. It was like closing the circle. We won the Copa America, we won the World Cup, that’s it. There’s nothing left, it’s over.”

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