Lionel Messi sends a public apology to Rosario locals as he tries to enjoy a break

‘Forgive us…it’s hard to see everyone’: Lionel Messi sends a public apology to locals in his hometown after being crowned the ‘Brilliant Citizen’ following his World Cup victory…as he tries to enjoy his downtime and avoid getting sucked into it. Adoration lovers

  • Lionel Messi has been awarded the World Cup champions’ “Brilliant Citizen” plaque
  • Messi led Argentina to glory in the World Cup in Qatar just nine days ago
  • The striker is currently back in Rosario, Argentina celebrating with loved ones

Awards are constantly pouring in for Lionel Messi, and the Argentine champion has benefited from yet another award following his World Cup heroics.

Messi led his country to their third World Cup victory, and first in 36 years, on December 18 after a thrilling 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over France after a pulsating 3-3 draw after extra time – in which he scored twice.

The 35-year-old is currently in his home country celebrating with loved ones in Rosario as Argentina cheer alongside Lionel Scaloni.

Lionel Messi (center right) was awarded the ‘Flaming Citizen’ plaque for his World Cup glory

Messi then apologized to the Rosario locals for not celebrating so much in the spotlight - instead choosing to rejoice privately with loved ones after Argentina's World Cup victory.

Messi then apologized to the Rosario locals for not celebrating so much in the spotlight – instead choosing to rejoice privately with loved ones after Argentina’s World Cup victory.

He scored two goals as Argentina won the World Cup final in Qatar earlier this month

He scored two goals as Argentina won the World Cup final in Qatar earlier this month

Messi’s obsession has taken on a whole new meaning since Argentina’s success with the iconic No. 10 player who has been unable to leave his home, due to large numbers of compatriots wanting to congratulate him.

However, the striker received the Mayor of Funes – Ruli Santacroce – at his home to collect the “Brilliant Citizen” plaque for his World Cup achievements in Qatar.

Upon receiving the award, Messi sent a special message to his supporters – thanking them and apologizing for not appearing in public.

“Well,” he said, “we wanted to send our regards to all the people of Funes, Rosario in general.”

We want to thank you for the love you have always shown us, especially now at this time when you just got back from the World Cup.

“Also forgive us because sometimes it’s hard to see everyone, we’re with family and friends for a few days and sometimes it gets complicated.”

Messi and his wife returned to their home in Funes, near Rosario, after Argentina's World Cup victory to hundreds of jubilant fans outside.

The couple has been greeted by a large number of fans

Messi and his wife returned to their home in Funes, near Rosario, after Argentina’s World Cup victory to hundreds of jubilant fans outside.

Argentina have been in festive turmoil since winning the World Cup nine days ago.

Indeed, such was the boisterous nature of the festivities that an open-top bus parade had to be abandoned after fans jumped onto it from bridges.

Messi and Angel Di Maria both returned to their home near Rosario by helicopter with the Paris Saint-Germain star then swarmed by fans as he arrived home by car.

Video footage showed Messi’s car, which was overwhelmed by adoring fans, upon his return to his home with his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, after the end of the victory parade in the capital, Buenos Aires.

Messi participated in Argentina's festive parade in Buenos Aires.  He was seen singing and dancing with his teammates as he lifted the World Cup

The open bus show in Argentina had to be cut as the government intervened on safety

More than four million people turned out in Buenos Aires to celebrate their World Cup heroes

More than four million people turned out in Buenos Aires to celebrate their World Cup heroes

Players were evacuated on helicopters after it became apparent that their bus journey had been interrupted

Players were evacuated on helicopters after it became apparent that their bus journey had been interrupted

Messi (left) boarded one and Angel Di Maria (center) returned to Rosario in the chaos

Messi (left) boarded one and Angel Di Maria (center) returned to Rosario in the chaos

Messi waves to the adoring fans during the World Cup during the tumultuous period in the capital

Messi waves to the adoring fans during the World Cup during the tumultuous period in the capital

Messi tried to get millions of fans to celebrate by recording on his phone

Messi tried to get millions of fans to celebrate by recording on his phone

Messi was born in Rosario, which is also the city where he started his football career

Messi was born in Rosario, which is also the city where he started his football career

Upon his arrival, Messi was greeted by hundreds of jubilant fans chanting “Del Campion”, translating to “Let’s go champ”.

The cheering fans were pushed to the sides by security to make way for his wife to drive the car through the middle and into the building.

Messi is expected to spend Christmas with family and friends at his home in Funes, about 15 kilometers west of Rosario, before returning to PSG duty.

The Ligue 1 leaders return to action against Strasbourg on December 28, but it remains unclear if Messi will be back in time.

Argentina received a hero's welcome after returning from Qatar as world champions

Argentina received a hero’s welcome after returning from Qatar as world champions

Argentina's players celebrated on an open-top bus after landing at Buenos Aires Airport

Argentina’s players celebrated on an open-top bus after landing at Buenos Aires Airport

Messi and Argentina stars returned as heroes when they landed at Ezeiza International Airport

Messi and Argentina stars returned as heroes when they landed at Ezeiza International Airport


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