Lionel Messi hailed as the “foot of God” by foreign newspapers after Argentina won the World Cup

Maradoha! Lionel Messi is hailed as the ‘foot of God’ by foreign papers as Argentina talisman emulates media icon Diego Maradona by captaining their country to the World Cup in the ‘best final ever’

Lionel Messi made history on Sunday afternoon by leading Argentina to the World Cup, beating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties after a pulsating 3-3 draw.

As a result, Messi achieved his dream of winning the showpiece tournament and delivered his country their first World Cup trophy since Diego Maradona captained Argentina to victory in the 1986 edition in Mexico.

That is why press from all over the world have paid tribute to the 35-year-old. A news outlet said Messi had the foot of God and broke Argentina’s 36-year curse.

Another described Messi as a “wizard”, while some claimed the future belongs to France striker Kylian Mbappe. So with that in mind, Sportsmail have rounded up the front pages from around the world.

Dutch newspaper Sportwereld described Messi as “the wizard from Rosario”. They also said Messi’s World Cup triumph has seen him step out of the shadow of Argentina’s “other legend, Diego Maradona”.

The Italian news agency Corriere dello Sport used the headline “Maradoha” and described the match between Argentina and France as a “fantastic final”. However, they said “Kylian Mbappe hat-trick wasn’t enough for Didier Deschamps”.

They went on to say that Messi had “written himself into the history books” after scoring twice during the game and quoted the 35-year-old as saying: “I made my dream come true but I don’t want to stop.”

Tuttosport ran the following headline across the front of their paper: ‘Football, I love you!’. They went on to describe the 2022 final as an “epic match” and hailed Messi for “following in the footsteps of Maradona and leading Argentina to their third World Cup”.

La Gazzetta dello Sport were very complimentary of Messi and his side. They put the headline “Messi, the foot of God” across their front page and described the match between Argentina and France as “the best final ever”.

They also said the curse on Argentina has finally been lifted after 36 years following Maradona’s triumph at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

However, they said Deschamps’ side “wasn’t enough” and Mbappe being “top scorer” was never going to get them over the line. Although they gave the two No.10s a 10/10 rating and said “the future belongs to Mbappe”.

Meanwhile, AS ran the headline “In the sky” with a picture of Messi on the shoulders of Sergio Aguero as Argentina celebrated their victory over France. Marca also stated that Messi was “heavenly” after his performance in the final.

Angel Di Maria was also praised by the Italian press for his performance against France on Sunday.

La Gazzetta dello Sport praised the 34-year-old for his performances in Qatar, but questioned whether he could replicate the same form for Juventus.

They said Di Maria – who scored in the 36th minute of the match – was “as decisive as Messi”. However, they followed it up by saying “he left because he had no autonomy, and Argentina trembled.”

The Italian news agency also questioned Di Maria’s domestic form, saying: ‘when will we see him like this again at Juventus?’.

While Tuttosport praised Di Maria for being a great occasion player. They said: “The man of the final strikes again, like with Nigeria, like with Brazil, like with Italy.”

Corriere dello Sport shared the same opinion, writing: “You see him over there, on the sidelines, he seemed far away, even physically from the game. Instead, as soon as he could, he crushed his prey with the same ferocity as the hawks of Doha.’

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