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Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the Argentina vs France FIFA World Cup 2022 final at the Lusail Stadium in Al Daayen, Qatar, on Sunday (December 18). Photo: Twitter/FIFA

Argentina's World Cup win: Kerala celebrates with dancing, screaming, trumpets and horns

Screams of joy, bursting of firecrackers, shouts of Messi, and blowing of trumpets and horns were how thousands of Malayalees across Kerala celebrated Argentina’s penalty shootout win over France in the 2022 football World Cup final on Sunday (December 18) night.

“We said we (Argentina) would win. Argentina created history. Messi ki jai,” jubilant fans were shown shouting on various TV channels.

Some others said, “Neymar came, Ronaldo came, but it was Messi who walked away with the cup.”

Vijayan congratulates Argentina

In a Facebook post, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan congratulated Argentina for the World Cup victory.

“Congratulations to Argentina who won the football World Cup. Lionel Messi led Argentina to victory – the most precious achievement of his career,” Vijayan said.

Also read: Messi inspires Argentina to World Cup title in thrilling final in Qatar

Celebrations across the State

There were celebrations on the streets of several towns, cities, and villages of the southern state as Argentina defeated France in the penalty shootout after 120 minutes of gameplay resulted in a 3-3 scorecard.

“Vamos,” shouted the fans, donning the Argentina jersey, as they jumped up and down and danced around with each other, unable to contain their joy.

Be it the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram or the port city of Kochi or Malappuram in the north of Kerala, similar celebrations by fans of the South American team and Lionel Messi could be seen.

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Old and young, children and women – soccer fans were out celebrating Argentina’s win by dancing on the streets, blowing loud horns, and bursting firecrackers.

Some were too excited to even answer reporters’ queries on how they were feeling and just responded with screams and incoherent shouts.

(With inputs from agencies)

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