Beginning with a defeat from Saudi Arabia in their first match of the tournament to one of the most exciting finals seen in the modern game, Argentina‘s win at the 2022 FIFA World Cup is one for the history books. Qatar are now looking to preserve this history by turning Lionel Messi’s hotel room into a tourist attraction.
Following a World Cup final that involved a Messi masterclass, Mbappé hattrick and a nail-biting penalty shootout – Argentina won their first World Cup since 1986 and Lionel Messi’s first ever World Cup.
Confirmed by a Qatari news agency “QNA,” Messi’s room at Qatar University (where he stayed during the tournament), will no longer be available to guests and Qatar is set to turn the room into a museum.
The room was reportedly shared with Sergio Aguero towards the end of the tournament, a lifelong friend and colleague of Messi. The belongings of Messi which remain in the room are set to remain unchanged and displayed in all their glory for visitors and football fans from around the world to see.
Hitmi al Hitmi, director of communications and public relations at Qatar University had this to say: “Messi’s belongings will be a legacy for students and future generations and a witness to the great achievement Messi has reached during the World Cup.”
While the celebrations from the Argentina players for their country’s third World Cup trophy continue, Messi isn’t expected back at his club in France – Paris Saint Germain until mid-January.