LIONEL MESSI was the picture of happiness as he jetted back to Argentina with the World Cup trophy.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar helped guide La Ablisceleste to their third Jules Rimet Trophy on Sunday night with a penalty shootout victory over France – which came after pulsating 3-3 draw.
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The footy legend was all smiles as he held the Jules Rimet TrophyREX
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Messi has seldom let the trophy leave his side in the last few hours, so much so he griped it tightly on Argentina’s flight back to Buenos Aires.
The 35-year-old posted a picture of himself holding the trophy on the plane to his Instagram on Monday afternoon.
And he was inundated with comments from his near 400 million followers, one of whom said: “Let’s go, champ.”
Another said: “The best ever!”
And another said: “Greatest of all time.”
One remarked: “The best in the world.”
Another chimed in: “The greatest player of all time.”
One said: “The greatest.”
Another of Messi’s loyal followers said: “Immortalised.”
As of Monday afternoon, Messi’s post received a staggering 10.6million likes.
But that was less than a quarter of the likes his first post after the match received.
Along with a series of snaps of himself holding the trophy, Messi wrote: “CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!.
“So many times I dreamed it, so much I wanted it that I still don’t fall, I can’t believe it…
“Thank you so much to my family, to all who support me and also to all who believed in us.
Messi shut down the prospect of international retirementREX
“We prove once again that Argentinians when we fight together and united we are able to achieve what we aim.
“The merit is of this group, which is above individuals, is the strength of all fighting for the same dream that was also the one of all Argentinians…
“We did it!!! LET’S GO ARGENTINA DAMN!!!!!
“We’re seeing each other very soon.”
Messi teased international retirement ahead of Qatar 2022 but has since performed a U-turn, telling TyC Sports: “I am not retiring from the Argentina national team.
“I want to continue playing as a champion.”