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Lionel Messi inspired by his kids to finally lift the World Cup after booking Argentina’s place in the quarter-finals

Messi has scored three times at the tournament in Qatar, with his last strike coming in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Australia in the round of 16.

Playing in a World Cup is nothing new for Messi, who sent Argentina to the final in 2014, but the 35-year-old revealed it was very special now that his children can see him in action.

Messi has three children with his wife Antonela Roccuzzo – Thiago, Mateo and Ciro – with Thiago only two when his father impressed at the 2014 World Cup when Mateo and Ciro weren’t even born.

“From the start, from the first to the final whistle, I’ve been thinking about them – my children especially as they grow up,” Messi said.

“They understand it better now, they appreciate it more, the rest of the family was with me in previous World Cups. Thiago was there, but didn’t know what a World Cup is, what it’s like to win or go home every game.

“They live it inside, they see how they suffer and enjoy it – it’s spectacular. We’re excited because we’re all here, so it’s exciting to be able to enjoy it with them.

Messi was the star of the show against Australia on Saturday night, opening the scoring as Argentina cruised to a 2-1 victory.

The striker was the best player on the pitch and countless times he opened up the Socceroos defense by creating chances for others.

“I’m very happy to take another step forward, to achieve another goal,” Messi said.

“It was a very strong and tough game – we knew it was going to be like that. We didn’t have much time to rest and we were worried because we knew it would be a physical game and they were very strong .

“Fortunately, we found the goal and had a one-goal lead, then a two-goal lead. And then we had a loss with the goal – but it’s the World Cup for you, the games are difficult. But we won. »

Argentina, as they have been in all tournaments, were buoyed by huge support against Australia, with around 90% of the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium packed with fans.

“It’s amazing feelings – I’m happy to share these beautiful and happy moments with all of them,” Messi said. “I know the effort they make to be here with us every game and I know how much they appreciate it in Argentina.

“All of Argentina would like to be here, but it’s not possible – we have this bond and this union that we have and it’s magnificent. This is what the national team should be.

“We had very little time to rest, just three days, but we were excited and looking forward to getting back on the pitch. And it’s amazing how they live every game – how they convey, passion, energy and joy and we’re grateful for that – it’s amazing.”

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