What Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero told Lionel Messi after Argentina’s 2022 FIFA World Cup win
Cristian Romero became Tottenham Hotspur’s second-ever FIFA World Cup winner when Argentina, led by the tournament’s eventual Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi, beat France in Qatar to lift the trophy on 18 December.
The competition was centered around Lionel Messi this time, and whether the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star could finally win the trophy in his fifth, and quite possibly last, appearance in the tournament.
La Albiceleste managed to scrape through to the finish line after squandering their lead multiple times in 120 minutes. The game ended 3-3 but Emiliano Martinez’s heroics in the penalty shootouts ensured Argentina’s third World Cup trophy.
Romero has been a revelation in manager Lionel Scaloni’s side. The 24-year-old has been a highly trusted member of his national team and was exceptionally important in their 2021 Copa America win.
Romero is the future of Argentina
That could be the reason why Spurs would have felt at least some responsibility to keep him for the event in Qatar when he was injured earlier this season. He did not play a single game for us after being injured in October.
But he played all seven of his country’s matches in the Middle East in the last month alongside Lionel Messi. Argentina players evidently made it a mission to get the 35-year-old legend the only trophy his cabinet was missing.
After the match, an emotional Romero was seen hugging the former Barcelona forward and told him “Te lo merecias” which translates to “you deserved it”, as per Football.London. And he is right – he did.
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Messi may not retire just yet but there will be a time when Argentina will have to carry on without him. Romero, for sure, will be one of the torchbearers of their team in the near and distant future.