Argentina finally made it! After 36 years of waiting, La Albiceleste, the national soccer team of Argentina finally won the World Cup. There were many turnarounds and 120 minutes of world-class soccer that were full of emotions. In the end, Lionel Messi lifted the well-deserved trophy. In recently released photos, fans all over the world can see that La Pulga is snuggling with it, in a Qatar hotel bed.
Messi Broke More World Records
Messi shared the photos on his official Instagram page. They show how he is tired, happy, and curled up with the 18-carat gold prize in his hotel bed. What a magnificent career he had! From a kid that made his competitive debut at age 17, way back in 2004, to his first goal after a memorable assist. He had many struggles in the national team, especially during the 2014 World Cup Final, and a few lost Copa America tournaments. We can say that he is the best soccer player in the history of this beautiful game.
Of course, he would take photos like that! It was a lifelong dream that is now a reality… so give him a break. Another photo of him holding the trophy broke the world record for the most-liked post on any social media. We repeat – ANY social media! Fans, of course, went wild, with reports that there were over 5 million people on the streets of Buenos Aires, cheering the new champions. During the parade, one fan even decided to jump into the open-top bus that was carrying the Argentina heroes.
Argentina Fans Went Crazy
The situation got out of control and the Argentina team was forced to abandon the celebration because the streets were too crowded for the bus to drive through. They were taken in helicopters to fly over the city that was swamped with fans wearing the famous blue and white jerseys.
In an interview after the final, Messi was asked if he would retire from the national team. He responded that he would first play a few games as a world champion. What a legend!
Since the NCAA was founded in 1906, college basketball coaches have had to adhere to their rules and ensure that they are following protocol. While most of them do this without question, there are others who find themselves floundering at the first hurdle. This was the case for these basketball coaches, who received the show-cause penalty at some point in their careers. However, they have since turned things around, and their success stories are something to be proud of.
Those familiar with Bruce Pearl will know that he got in a spot of trouble when it was discovered that he had disclosed false information to the NCAA while working at Tennessee. He was given a three-year show cause for his misdemeanor, and during this time, he worked in marketing for a grocery distribution firm. His days in basketball weren’t over, though, as he has since been able to make his way back into the sport to become the head coach for the Auburn Tigers.
In 2011, Steve Forbes received a one-year show-cause, but that didn’t stop him from continuing his basketball dreams. While he didn’t get to stay with the Demon Deacons, he quickly moved down the ranks to become the head coach at Northwest Florida State. Since then, he has been able to repair his reputation and make his way back into the NCAA as the head coach at Wake Forest.
Kelvin Sampson was handed a five-year show-cause in 2008 after decades leading some of the biggest teams to victory, and this came as a huge blow to many. However, he didn’t let this dampen his spirits, and he soon made his way into the NBA as an assistant. This determination worked in his favor, as he is now the head coach of the Cougars.
It’s amazing to see that these coaches have redeemed themselves after an awkward few years.