The exciting moments that were experienced this Sunday with the consecration of the Argentine National Team as champion of the Qatar 2022 World Cup are almost endless. But there was one that went through everyone: the moving hug between Lionel Messi and his mother, Celia María Cuccittini.
The meeting happened minutes after the penalty shootout against France ended and the albiceleste won the World Cup after 36 years.
Lionel Messi was walking down the field of the Lusail Stadium while looking at the stands -probably trying to gauge what was happening- when he was surprised.
The 10's smile when she approached him said it all.
Both quickly merged into an emotional hug that lasted long seconds and in which Celia María Cuccittini could not contain her tears, pierced by the emotion of the moment.
The image was recorded by the hundreds of cameras that followed the Argentine captain and went viral on social networks as one of the most moving moments of the historic day.
In the midst of a vibrant final, the world's cameras were pointing at Lionel Messi, who was looking for the long-awaited World Cup with the Argentine National Team. And also closely following his family, who lived intensely the instances of the match against France.
During the game, when everything was tense, the Messi family also left postcards that will remain forever as part of the color that surrounded the third title for the albiceleste.
Antonela Roccuzzo, along with the three children they have with Lionel -Mateo, Thiago and Ciro-, lived in a particular way the penalty goal by the captain of the Argentine National Team that opened the scoring in the World Cup final in Qatar 2022 .
Messi's wife covered her face at the moment when the captain started to kick from the eleven steps. She just turned around when she heard his children and the entire stadium shouting the first goal of the team. Cabala? If so, it worked.
Hugs multiplied in the special guest box, where the father, mother and family of the star of the team led by Lionel Scaloni were also present.
In the run-up to the final match of the World Cup, Thiago, Lionel and Antonela's eldest son, wrote down the lyrics of the hit song of this Cup, the classic by La Mosca and that resounded in every game at La Scaloneta.
The mother was proud of the passion that the Argentine National Team arouses in her and shared it in an Instagram story.