CRISTIAN ROMERO claims it was “beautiful” to celebrate in Kylian Mbappe’s face during Argentina’s World Cup final triumph over France.
And the Tottenham centre-back appeared to blame his antics on the hat-trick scorer “saying very bad things” to Enzo Fernandez.
Romero clenched his fists and roared at Mbappe from point-blank range after Lionel Messi had put Argentina 3-2 up in extra time.
Mbappe’s spot-kick took the Qatar showpiece to penalties, which Argentina won 4-2 – helped by keeper Emi Martinez controversially leaping around.
And questioned about his reaction in the December 2022 final, Romero revealed he is delighted the incident has been immortalised in picture form.
He told TyC Sports: “The photo is beautiful.
“We are always the bad guys in the movie, but Mbappé was saying very bad things to Enzo.
“Leo just scored the goal and it came from inside me to do that.”
Romero also claimed that, although winning the World Cup has taken the pressure off his career, he can’t revel in it too much as it makes his Spurs team-mates “angry”.
He said: “Surely for the next few years I’ll be more calm, without this pressure in the national team for having achieved everything.”
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“Being world champion is the most important thing to happen to me as a player, but recently, I have relaxed a little.
“I leave it a bit aside otherwise my Tottenham team mates get a bit angry.”
Romero’s Argentina colleagues Lisandro Martinez and Fernandez returned from Qatar to help inspire Manchester United up to third in the Premier League.
But while that duo are still in the hunt for the Quadruple, Romero’s Spurs only have the Champions League glory left as a realistic target.