Messi’s hometown in Argentina yearns for World Cup victory


              A woman eats lunch next to a picture of Lionel Messi inside a restaurant in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec.14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Children fight for the ball during training at a football school at Newell's All Boys club, where Lionel Messi played as a kid in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec.14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A painting of Lionel Messi depicting his days at a football school at Newell's All Boys club, where played as a kid in Rosario, Argentina, is seen Wednesday, Dec.14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Children relax during a training in a football school at Newell's All Boys club, where Lionel Messi played as a kid in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec.14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A boy plays with a ball during training at a football school at Newell's All Boys club, where Lionel Messi played as a kid in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec.14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A man cools off on his doorstep in Las Heras, the neighborhood where soccer player Lionel Messi lived in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Drawings of soccer player Lionel Messi and the Argentine team, made by students at the General Las Heras elementary school where Messi also attended school, are exhibited on a wall at the school in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Andrea Sosa, the former teacher of soccer star Lionel Messi, poses for a portrait at the General Las Heras elementary school in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Students graduating from the General Las Heras elementary school, where soccer player Lionel Messi also attended, play with foam on their last day in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Children gather under a mural of soccer player Lionel Messi that covers the home where he lived in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Students graduating from the General Las Heras elementary school, where soccer player Lionel Messi also attended, play with foam as they pose for a group photo on their last day in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A man walks next to a mural that reads in Spanish: "From another galaxy and from my neighborhood," on the street where Lionel Messi lived in the Las Heras neighborhood of Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Students graduating from the General Las Heras elementary school, where Lionel Messi also attended school, pose for a group photo wearing their graduation hats by a mural of Messi, on the last day of school in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A mural of soccer player Lionel Messi covers a building near the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A mural of soccer player Lionel Messi covers a building in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A mural of Lionel Messi a building near his former elementary school in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              An Argentine flag with the number 10 hangs from a Gauchito Gil altar at the corner of the former home of soccer player Lionel Messi in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec.14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A mural of soccer player Lionel Messi covers the home where he lived in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A mural of soccer player Lionel Messi decorates the Las Heras neighborhood where he lived in Rosario, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Messi’s hometown in Argentina yearns for World Cup victory