DOHA: Lionel Messi believes Diego Maradona can be “super happy” after he led Argentina into the World Cup final 16 on Wednesday due to a 2-Zero win over Poland.
Messi turned his nation’s most capped participant on the event with a 22nd look surpassing his legendary compatriot who died simply over two years in the past.
“I learned it recently, I didn’t know it. It’s a pleasure to be able to continue to achieve these kinds of records. I think Diego would be super happy for me, because he always showed me a lot of affection, he was always happy when things went well for me,” mentioned Messi.
Despite lacking a penalty — his 39th profession failure from the spot — the Argentina captain mentioned he was “happy” with this “big match”.
“We achieved our first objective, which was to get out of the group after starting the way we did (a shock 2-1 loss against Saudi Arabia),” mentioned Messi.
“I was really frustrated to have missed the penalty, because I knew that a goal could change the whole match, that it makes you play in a different way. But I think that from the penalty I missed, the team came out stronger.”
Messi, who nonetheless wants a World Cup winner’s medal to cement his legacy as one of many sport’s best gamers, believes Argentina are shifting up by means of the gears at exactly the proper time.
“After the primary objective, all the things went our method. We began doing once more what we had been making an attempt to do for the reason that begin of the World Cup, however which we hadn’t been ready to achieve for varied causes.
“Having been able to do it today, it gives us confidence for the future.”
Next up for Argentina is a last-16 conflict towards Australia on Saturday.
“We know that now everything will be very difficult. That whoever the opponent, it will be complicated. We have seen recently, at our own expense, that any opponent can play a good game and win.”