Argentina assistant coach Pablo Aimar bursts into tears after Lionel Messi’s opening goal revived their World Cup chances in their Group C win over Mexico
Argentina assistant coach Pablo Aimar burst into tears after Lionel Messi’s 64th-minute goal against Mexico.
La Albiceleste would go on to win the game 2–0 after a second goal from Enzo Fernandez after a great strike from the left side of the box in the 87th minute.
Aimar’s reaction emphasized how emotional the moment was for an Argentina team playing with their backs against the wall.
Argentina assistant coach Pablo Aimar burst into tears after Lionel Messi’s goal
Messi celebrates after scoring against Mexico to clinch Argentina’s first World Cup victory
After the stunning surprise in their opening match against Saudi Arabia, Argentina would have been ruled out of a chance to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.
More importantly, it is in all likelihood the last World Cup for Messi, the country’s legendary all-time cap leader and goalscorer, who has never won a World Cup in his historic career.
The pressure to keep the dream storyline alive clearly began to weigh on certain members of the Argentine camp.
With emotions running high, Aimar, who was sitting on the Argentina bench, seemed to burst into tears the moment the ball hit the net, the relief clearly on his face.
After the match, Messi also expressed his own relief as he revealed that the victory had taken a “weight off his shoulders”.
Lionel Messi led Argentina to their first World Cup victory by beating Mexico 2-0
After the match, the Argentine maestro admitted that it was a relief to have won
“It takes a weight off our shoulders,” Messi said. “It gives us joy and peace to start again.”
“We lived with discomfort and kept in mind the defeat in the opening game,” Messi said. ‘The days were very long.
“We were eager to get the chance to turn the situation around and luckily we won.”
Argentina are second in Group C ahead of their final match against number one Poland on Wednesday and may need to win it to advance.
Argentina national coach Lionel Scaloni urged fans and players to remember it’s just a football game
“We can’t let our guard down now,” said Messi. All our matches are now finals. We can’t mess it up.’
Messi now sits on eight World Cup goals, tying him with fellow Argentine legend the late Diego Maradona, as well as old rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
For some, Messi needs to win the World Cup – the one major title still missing from his collection – to join Pelé and Maradona as the greatest footballers ever. Thanks to this victory, it could still happen.
“We’ve known for years that he’s the best player in the world,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said. Messi must enjoy this World Cup. All fans love to see him play.’