Lionel Messi could be immortalised on Argentine banknote after World Cup heroics
Argentina are reportedly considering putting Lionel Messi's face on a new banknote.
Messi was worth his weight in gold to Lionel Scaloni's side in Qatar, scoring seven goals as Argentina ended a 36-year wait to reclaim the World Cup at the expense of France. Messi scored twice in the final and tucked away his spot-kick in the penalty shootout as he cemented his status at football's GOAT.
Such was his incredible influence throughout the whole tournament, Argentina's Central Bank are said to be contemplating honouring the PSG star by slapping his likeness on a banknote.
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That is according to newspaper El Financiero, who claim the country's financial governing body are looking at ways to celebrate their World Cup win, one of which involves immortalising Messi on their currency.
The report adds that putting Messi's face on the 1000-peso note is the preferred option, as the figure begins with the number 10 – the shirt number famously worn by the 35-year-old.
Messi and his Argentina team-mates flew home after their World Cup victory and were greeted by millions of fans packing the streets of Buenos Aires.
The team's open-top bus parade had to be abandoned as hoards of supporters clamoured to get a look at their heroes, with one even attempting to jump onto the bus from a bridge.
Other climbed up lamp posts, while an extraordinarily large number of women celebrated by removing items of clothing, leaving their breasts – and other areas – exposed.
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"I love football, it's what I do," Messi said after finally lifting the World Cup. "I enjoy being in the national team and want to continue by experiencing a few more games as a world champion."
He added: "Obviously I wanted to cap my career with this and I can't ask for anything more."
The former Barcelona man is expected to miss PSG's first game back from the World Cup break against Strasbourg on December 28.
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