Argentinian captain Lionel Messi made his country the third-time world champion last year. Argentina beat former champions France 4-2 in a penalty shootout in the final to become world champions after 36 years.

After 90 minutes and 30 minutes of added time, the game ended in a 3-3 draw and went to penalties, where Argentina won eventually. Angel Di Maria scored one goal and Messi scored two goals for Argentina, while Kylian Mbappe scored a hat trick for France.

The highly competitive final match was for many one of the best and most exciting matches in world football. Before that, Argentina played another very exciting game when La Albiceleste faced the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

Apart from being very exciting, this match was also very controversial. In the game, which included 16 yellow cards and one red card, Argentina showed a very good game for 80 minutes and took a 2-0 lead.

But then the Dutch forward Wout Weghorst, who entered the field as a substitute, changed the whole game. In addition to scoring in the last minute of added time, the United forward who scored in the 82nd minute single-handedly turned the game around.

After this, the game was pushed to extra time where no goals were scored and the game went to a penalty shootout. Argentina won on penalties after another heroic of Emiliano Martinez.

Apart from the result and entertaining performance throughout 120 minutes from both sides, a move made by Messi in that game gave one of the most iconic moments in football history. After Messi scored the penalty, he ran toward the Dutch team’s dugout and looked at Dutch coach Louis van Gaal with his hands over his ears.

He imitated the famous celebration of his country’s legendary player Juan Roman Riquelme. Now the 35-year-old star has given his first interview since the World Cup and Messi has spoken about the incident.

He said, “It came on its own at the time. I knew very well what had happened before the game and I knew what Van Gaal had said. But looking back now, I don’t like it.”