Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta BURSTS into tears of joy while covering his country’s World Cup final victory as a TV pundit… less than a week after Lionel Messi overtook the former striker to become his nation’s all-time top scorer at the tournament
Gabriel Batistuta could not hold back the tears after Argentina’s World Cup final triumph in Qatar on Sunday, as his country beat France 4-2 on penalties to lift the illustrious trophy.
Lionel Messi, who overtook Batistuta as Argentina’s highest ever goal-scorer at World Cup finals against Croatia in the semi-finals, netted the opener from the penalty spot before Angel di Maria extended the lead to two ahead of half time.
Despite their lethargic performance in the first 80 minutes, France scored a quickfire double through Kylian Mbappe to level the scoreboard late on, forcing the enthralling final into extra time.
Gabriel Batistuta could not hold back the tears after Argentina’s World Cup triumph on Sunday
Soon after Messi bagged his second of the match in extra-time – which was his 13th goal at World Cup finals – Mbappe completed his hat-trick for France in the 118th minute, taking the 3-3 thriller to penalties.
As Gonzalo Montiel scored the decisive spot-kick to win the World Cup, Batistuta – who was working as a television pundit for Qatari channel beIN Sports – broke down in tears as he struggled to contain his emotions.
‘It’s impressive,’ Batistuta let out softly. ‘Vamos Argentina.
Superstar Lionel Messi lifted the trophy after Argentina’s 4-2 win against France on penalties
‘I am happy for Messi, for Argentina, for the whole country. I can’t even talk. Everyone wanted Argentina to win and you could feel the energy. Sorry, I’m emotional.’
Argentina’s last World Cup success came in 1986, when Diego Maradona marshalled the country to victory in Mexico.
Fellow Argentine and BBC pundit Pablo Zabaleta was also in tears following his nation’s World Cup triumph, having been a one-year-old the last time his country lifted the trophy.
Messi overtook Batistuta to become Argentina’s highest scorer at World Cup finals in Qatar