It’s official! Lionel Messi, the Argentinean football superstar, has had the country’s national team training facility renamed in his honor. The Casa de Ezeiza in Buenos Aires will now be known as Lionel Andres Messi, recognizing his outstanding career and World Cup heroics. The announcement was made by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) president, Claudio Tapia, on Twitter last Saturday.
The ceremony was attended by current and former Argentinean players who joined Tapia in welcoming Messi to “the world champion’s house.” It was an emotional moment for Messi, who ended Argentina’s 36-year wait for the World Cup when he led them to victory against France in a thrilling final in Qatar last December. His name is now etched in Argentinean football history as he emulated the late Diego Maradona in securing their World Cup triumph.
Messi, 35, was over the moon after the unveiling ceremony, saying that the tribute was “very, very special.” The plaque bearing his name was a symbol of his dedication and success, and he was touched to see his name honored in such a way. “Knowing it will be named Lionel Andres Messi is something very beautiful,” he said.
Messi’s career has been nothing short of remarkable, and he is widely regarded as one of the best football players in history. He has been voted the world’s best player a record seven times and has won numerous other awards and titles, including the Copa America, 11 league titles, and four Champions League titles. The World Cup, however, had always eluded him until last year when he finally lifted the coveted trophy.
In another recent milestone, Messi scored his 800th career goal during Argentina’s 2-0 win over Panama in a friendly in Buenos Aires. It was an incredible feat that showcased his skill and talent as a footballer, and it was made even more special as it was the team’s first game in front of their home fans since their World Cup triumph.
Messi’s success shows no signs of slowing down, as he continues to lead Argentina in their matches. He will soon be returning to club duty with Paris Saint Germain, where he is already making waves as one of their star players.
In summary, Messi’s legacy is cemented in Argentinean football history, and the renaming of the national team training facility is a fitting tribute to his incredible career. His dedication, hard work, and talent have brought him success on the pitch, and his achievements will inspire generations of footballers to come.