Argentina has named their training facility after their talismanic captain, Lionel Messi, in recognition of his World Cup heroics.
Argentina’s national team setup is housed in Casa de Ezeiza in Buenos Aires, but it will now be known as Lionel Andres Messi.
The Argentine Football Association’s (AFA) president, Chiqui Tapia, tweeted on Saturday to confirm the information.
“I want to thank all the managers, players and employees of @afa for having been with us.”
Messi dragged Argentina to glory in Qatar last year, emulating the success of the late Diego Maradona as La Albiceleste claimed their third world title, and first since 1986.
“This recognition is one of the nicest I’ve ever received,” Messi posted on Instagram. “A great honour, thank you very much!!!”
Messi scored the 800th goal of his stellar career in Argentina’s 2-0 friendly win over Panama on Thursday. The 35-year-old’s next goal on the international stage will be his 100th for his country.