The South American Football Confederation, CONMEBOL has honored the 35-year-old Messi with its statue and the Staff of Football Leadership and Command. I will place a statue of Messi next to football legends Pelé and Diego Maradona in the CONMEBOL Museum.
Messi inspired Argentina to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup after beating France 4-2 on penalties in Qatar. Messi also received replays of the World Cup and final’s trophies won by Argentina after beating Italy during the ceremony ahead of the Copa Libertadores draw. Messi’s Argentine teammates and manager Lionel Scaloni have also received mini trophies including the 2021 Copa America. “We have a very special and beautiful moment. We get a lot of love,” Messi said during the event. “It’s time for the South American team to win the World Cup again.
Earlier this week, Argentina renamed their training facility after Messi, due to his heroism at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Messi has contended with Maradona on the world stage, ending Argentina’s 36-year World Cup wait. Casa de Ezeiza in Buenos Aires will henceforth be known as Lionel Andres Messi “in homage to the best player in the world,” tweeted AFA President Claudio Tapia.
“Welcome to the world champions,” said Tapia at the unveiling ceremony attended by current and former Argentine players. “I feel very lucky. This honor is very, very special,” Messi said after unveiling a plaque with his name on it. “To know that his name will be Lionel Andres Messi is something wonderful.”
The placement of Lionel Messi’s statue alongside those of Pele and Maradona at the CONMEBOL headquarters. It is a fitting tribute to a footballing great. Messi’s achievements and impact on the sport have earned him a place among the elite footballers. His statue will inspire generations of fans and players alike. The statue also reflects the cultural significance of football in South America and the role of the sport in uniting people and nations.