Messi's World Cup celebration is now on a mural in Argentina

New mural in Buenos Aires honors World Cup winners.
New mural in Buenos Aires honors World Cup winners.   -   Copyright  AP Photo
By Kerem Congar  & AP

Following Argentina's triumph at football's World Cup, Buenos Aires now has a new mural capturing the moment Lionel Messi lifted the iconic trophy.

Artist Maximiliano Bagnasco has been putting the final touches to his artwork on a street corner in the capital's Palermo neighbourhood.

It shows an image that will be etched into Argentina's football history and millions more around the world. 

Messi is in the center holding the trophy aloft while wearing the bisht, the black and gold tunic Qatari's leader placed over his shoulders as he prepared to pick up the Cup. 

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Artist Maximiliano Bagnasco, painted a mural of Argentina captain Lionel Messi lifting the World Cup trophy.AP Photo

Behind Messi, raising his arms euphorically, is goalkeeper Emiliano 'Dibu' Martínez, the hero of the penalty shootout against France in the final.

At their sides are the tops of the heads of Paulo Dybala and Rodrigo de Paul.

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Artist Bagnasco's mural got the attention of foreign and local tourists.AP Photo

Destined to draw... on a wall

Bagnasco told The Associated Press he knew he wanted to paint a mural even before the final took place.

"Days before the game, I had been talking about getting a wall, and I had been preparing the materials. I simply went to watch the game and waited for the image. I went out, celebrated a bit, and then went back to work on the image, and the next day I was preparing the whole equipment to win the cup with this mural" he said.

Dominique Rolley, a foreign tourist in Buenos Aires believes that the fresco is very well done. 

"I am happy for Messi because Messi is going to retire. He is going to stop football and it's good for him to have the trophy," said Rolley.

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Tourists take photos with Messi's mural and the artist behind the work.AP Photo

Bagnasco is also the creator of a monumental mural of another of Argentina's great footballing heroes, Diego Maradona, in a building located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

It was inaugurated on October 30, when the 1986 World Cup champion would have turned 62.

Video editor • Kerem Congar