Messi mural in Palermo, Buenos Aires painted by Maxi Bagnasco

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.

Cup winner – new mural of Messi by Maxi Bagnasco (photo © BA 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.

Lift off – the artworks features Messi raising the World Cup trophy & wearing an Arab robe (photo © BA Street Art)

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.

World Cup fever – millions of fans took to the streets to greet their footballing heroes & celebrate Argentina winning the World Cup (photo © BA Street Art)

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 street corner with the mural has been nicknamed ‘Messi Corner’ with fans visiting to photograph it  (photo © BA Street Art)

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.

Winning feeling – Messi surrounded by his team mates lifting the World Cup trophy (photo © BA Street Art)

Also check out our story about a giant mural painted by Maxi Bagnasco of Diego Maradona

All photos © Buenos Aires Street Art

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