Lionel Messi has been honored with a life-size statue by South American football’s governing body Conmebol, in recognition of his contributions to the sport. The statue will be placed in the museum next to the statues of the legendary players Pelé and Diego Maradona.
In a ceremony held after the statue was unveiled, Messi gave a heartfelt speech in which he expressed his gratitude for the World Cup triumph and his love for football. “I’m fulfilled with this, it was what I was missing. Thank God I got everything in football,” he said.
Messi also spoke about the emotional impact of the World Cup win and the outpouring of love and support he and his team received from fans around the world. “In many parts of the world, they were happy for us. We received many expressions of affection. It was different, that’s how the people of Argentina show it,” he said.
Messi reflected on his journey as a football player, from his childhood dream of becoming a professional player to his current status as one of the greatest players in the world. “I always tried to improve myself and want more. I had many defeats but I always looked forward. I always wanted to go for a win, that’s the most important thing. Fighting for your dreams, the ball is the most beautiful thing there is,” he said.
Messi’s speech was a powerful tribute to the sport of football, the World Cup victory, and the love and support of fans around the world. The statue presented to him by Conmebol is a fitting recognition of his incredible talent and contributions to the sport.