Lionel Messi has received an invitation to “eternalise” his mark at Brazil’s famous Maracana. The FIFA World Cup-winning skipper will do so by leaving his footprints in the iconic stadium’s Hall of Fame, according to the Rio de Janeiro State Sports Superintendence, as per Reuters.
Argentina won the World Cup by defeating France 4-2 on penalties on December 18. The stadium’s public body repeated the invitation to Messi, which had first been extended when Argentina won the Copa America in 2021.
“Messi has already demonstrated his importance on and off the pitch. He is a player who has been at the highest level in football history for years,” said the president of the superintendence Adriano Santos.
The man sent a letter sent to Messi via the Argentine FA.
“And nothing could be more fitting than for the Maracana to also pay tribute to him. After all, Messi is a genius with the ball,” he added.
Maracana stadium hosted 2 FIFA World Cup finals – 1950 and 2014. It also saw Messi and his squad become 2021 Copa America champions when they beat Brazil 1-0.
Messi’s footprints on the Maracana’s Walk of Fame would have Pele, Garrincha, Rivelino, Ronaldo, Elias Figueroa, Dejan Petkovic, Eusebio, Sebastian Abreu and Franz Beckenbauer for company.
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