Legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldo Nazario has acknowledged he ignored his nation’s animosity with Argentina in order to idolize Lionel Messi as they won the 2022 World Cup.
The Albiceleste overcame France at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday thanks to two goals from Messi.
The 35-year-old also scored in the thrilling penalty shootout that followed the game.
Brazil was ousted from the tournament in the quarterfinals after losing to Croatia on penalties.
But after the final, Ronaldo posted a photo of Messi lifting the trophy on Instagram and wrote:
“This guy’s football throws any rivalry to the corner – even the historic one between Brazil and Argentina.
“I saw a lot of Brazilians and people from all over the world rooting for Messi in this electrifying final.
“A farewell worthy of the genius who, far beyond being a World Cup star, captained an era. I imagine my friend Diego’s party in heaven. Here, we are millions of all nationalities giving you a standing ovation. Congratulations Messi!”
Messi, who had previously stated he would not be participating in the 2026 World Cup, has already completed his final World Cup game.