Leeds United defender Junior Firpo has congratulated his old Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi on Instagram after the Argentine skipper held aloft the World Cup trophy – following a penalty-shootout win over France on Sunday evening.

An enthralling game and surely, one of the best finals in World Cup history – after one of the best-ever tournaments. Messi got his hands on a trophy that has eluded him for his entire career, scoring twice and expelling 2014 ghosts.

Kylian Mbappe, his PSG teammate, netted a hat-trick throughout the 120 minutes – but it was Argentina that went on to win the trophy. Probably deserved on the night, given Messi and co. were so much better for much of the two hours.

Firpo of course, played alongside Messi at Barcelona before joining Leeds for a fee of £13million in 2021. Indeed, Firpo shared the pitch with the Argentine superstar as many as 30 times for the Nou Camp side. He took to Instagram.

The Leeds defender shared a touching message, saying that it was Messi’s time and a trophy that he has been “owed”. His post is translated as: “The best my eyes have seen, football owed you. Congratulations Leo,” and a goat emoji.

Leeds defender Firpo congratulates Barcelona teammate Messi on Sunday

What a performance from Messi. On the biggest stage, in arguably the biggest game of his career – Messi stood out. He was in fine form, like he has been during the entire World Cup in Qatar. When needed, he produced for his country.

It is quite remarkable to think that Firpo is struggling to get into the Leeds side at the moment. But he was at one point, a regular for Barca in a side that also had Messi. On the whole, a title Messi has deserved to win, for his career.

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