The startling realization that late Argentina great Diego Maradona was unable to celebrate his country’s World Cup victory in Qatar left Lionel Scaloni feeling melancholy. On penalties, Scaloni’s team defeated France 4-2 after a remarkable 3-3 stalemate in extra time on Sunday at Lusail Stadium. It was Lionel Messi’s first World Cup victory and Argentina’s first championship since Maradona led them to victory in 1986.

Maradona, who represented his country from 1977 to 1994, passed away in November 2020 at the age of 60 following a heart arrest. Given how important a person he was in Argentina, three days of national mourning were observed after his passing. It was also painful for Scaloni on Sunday to be reminded of Maradona’s departure.

If Maradona had been present, Scaloni responded to a question from reporters by saying. “Well, you make me know that he’s not here, else you’d assume he was amongst us.

“Well, happily, we were able to win this trophy; as a nation, we are really dedicated to the game of football 1986.

I hope he had pleasure in it from above. He would have loved it so much if he had been present that he would have entered the field first.

“Now that you ask me, you’ve made me aware that he’s not here. I wish he were present to experience this.

As the match approached, Messi made a point to greet Didier Deschamps. The France players, including his PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe, also appeared to be very at ease. It’s fair to say that both of these coworkers played a significant role in the action that ensued!