Sun 18 December 2022 | 21:56

Scaloni: I wish Maradona was here to enjoy this moment

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni says he wished Diego Maradona was alive to see them win the World Cup in Qatar.

Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties following a thrilling 3-3 draw to win the 2022 World Cup on Sunday.

Goals from Messi and Angel Di Maria put Argentina ahead, but Kylian Mbappe's late double forced extra time. Messi put his team back ahead but once again Mbappe leveled the game from the penalty spot.

After the game, Lionel Scaloni was asked what he would say to Maradona if he had been alive.

"Well, you make me realise that he's not here, otherwise you'd think he was amongst us.

"Well fortunately we managed to lift this trophy, something we've been dreaming of for so long, we're such a football passionate country.

"I hope he enjoyed it from above. I'm sure if he was here he'd have enjoyed it so much, he'd have been the first one on the pitch.

"Now you ask me this you make me realise he's not here. I wish he was here to enjoy this moment.”

Scaloni also admitted that when he was appointed as argentina's manager he could not imagine winning the World Cup.

"The match was completely insane,"

Scaloni stated.

 "For me as coach, I know we had a good match.

"We could’ve won in the first 90 [minutes], however it was not possible. I wasn’t lucky enough, but we were great.

"My feelings? I have the best feelings ever. It wasn’t in my plans, I didn’t envisage to be World Cup winners, [but] we are, and what matters is how we achieved this."

source: SportMob

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