Pele, Brazil football legend, has congratulated Lionel Messi and Argentina after their World Cup final triumph, saying that the late Argentina legend Diego Maradona would be proud of his country’s achievements.
Pele, who won three World Cups as a player, has been hospitalised with a respiratory infection.
The Brazil legend shared his message on his Instagram page after Argentina defeated defending champion France 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 3-3 tie at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium.
Pele wrote, “Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in an enthralling way. Messi winning his first World Cup, as his trajectory deserved.
“My dear friend, Mbappé, scoring four goals in a final. What a gift it was to watch this spectacle to the future of our sport.
“And I couldn’t fail to congratulate Morocco for the incredible campaign. It’s great to see Africa shine. Congratulations Argentina! Certainly Diego is smiling now.”