Argentine journalist Sofia Martinez expressed her gratitude towards the star forward after their win against Croatia

12 months ago

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi looked genuinely emotional after a reporter from the nation thanked him for the ‘happiness’ he brings to many people during a post-match interview after he guided his country to the World Cup semi-finals. The 35-year-old rolled back the years with arguably the best performance of the entire World Cup as Argentina reached the final in Qatar with a 3-0 victory against Croatia.

Argentina will play either France or Morocco in Sunday’s final in what will be Messi’s final chance to lift football’s grandest prize, though an Argentine reporter told him that the ‘mark’ he has made on people’s lives in the South American nation is ‘beyond winning any World Cup’.

Television Publica reporter Sofia Martinez expressed her gratitude towards Messi, with the Argentina star smiling throughout the interview as he looked moved by her touching sentiments. She said: ‘The last thing I want to tell you and is not a question, but I just wanted to say; the World Cup final is coming and sure, we all (Argentinians) want to the win the cup.

‘I just want to tell you that no matter the results, there’s something that no one can take from you and is the fact you resonated with Argentinians, every single one – I’m being serious. ‘There’s no kid who doesn’t have your team shirt. No matter if it is a fake, real or made up one.

‘Truly, you made your mark in everyone’s life and that to me is beyond winning any World Cup. ‘No one can take that from you and this is my gratitude for such amount of happiness you bring to a lot of people. ‘I seriously hope you take these words into your heart because I really believe that’s more important than winning a World Cup and you already have it so thank you captain.’