Maxi Bagnasco has painted a new mural in Palermo of Lionel Messi to celebrate Argentina being crowned World Cup winners. Photos by Buenos Aires Street Art.
The Argentine street artist is famous for his murals of Diego Maradona and has been invited to paint large-scale murals of the footballing icon in Naples, Italy. Maxi has also painted a mural of Messi in his home city of Rosario. This is the first mural Maxi has painted of Messi in the Argentine capital.
The mural features Messi wearing a black and gold robe called a ‘bisht’ that was handed to him by the Emir of Qatar before lifting the World Cup trophy.
The mural was finished a couple of days after Argentina won the World Cup final after beating France on penalties after the match finished 3-3 after extra-time. Messi was man-of-the-match for Argentina scoring two goals in the game plus a penalty in the shoot out. Maxi’s new mural is a tribute to Argentina’s inspirational captain Messi.
The mural on the corner of Darwin y Gorriti in Palermo Soho has already become a popular spot for Argentine football fans and visitors to go and take photos and continue to enjoy Argentina’s first World Cup triumph since 1986.
Also check out our story about a giant mural painted by Maxi Bagnasco of Diego Maradona
All photos © Buenos Aires Street Art