US President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron are among world leaders who congratulated Argentine President Alberto Fernández after Sunday’s World Cup victory in Qatar.
Argentina captain Lionel Messi led the 3-3 victory (4-2 on penalties) against 2018 defending champions France in a thrilling final.
“Congratulations to you, Alberto, and to all Argentines for the hard fought and well deserved victory yesterday. You know, I think Messi might have a future,” President Biden wrote on Twitter on Monday, alongside a video of President Fernández celebrating the country’s third World Cup title.
President Macron, who gave an impassioned speech in the France dressing room after the defending champions lost, posted a tweet on Sunday saying: “Bravo to the France team for their progress and their fight in this World Cup . You have thrilled the nation and fans around the world. Congratulations to Argentina for their victory.
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a tweet on Sunday: “During a telephone conversation, Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly congratulated Argentine President Alberto Fernández on Argentina’s victory in the Football World Cup”.
President Fernández confirmed in a Tweet that the call with President Putin had taken place, saying, “Thank you for that greeting, President Putin. May the joy that unites Argentina today with so many peoples of the world serve as an example: our societies need unity and peace.
Argentina found a hero’s welcome again when the team landed in the nation’s capital, Buenos Aires.
On Tuesday, the team will head to the iconic Obelisk monument for a tour of downtown Buenos Aires beginning at noon (10 a.m. ET), with millions expected to hit the streets on what is a holiday.