‘I imagine my friend Diego’s party in heaven’ – Pele and Ronaldo post emotional messages to Messi after World Cup win

BRAZILIAN icons Ronaldo and Pele put rivalries aside to pay tribute to Lionel Messi after Argentina's World Cup triumph over France.

The pair congratulated Messi, before both giving a nod to Argentine legend Diego Maradona. Maradona helped Argentina to their last World Cup win in 1986.

He passed away in 2020 aged 60, and Ronaldo, 46, spoke of "Diego's party in heaven" following the shootout win against France.

Ronaldo posted a picture of Messi lifting the trophy to Instagram, which was liked more than 2million times overnight.

He wrote: "This guy's football dispels any rivalry - even the history between Brazil and Argentina."

"I saw a lot of Brazilians - and people from all over the world - cheering for @leomessi in this electrifying final.

"A farewell worthy of the genius who, far beyond being a World Cup champion, led an era." Ronaldo added

"I imagine my friend Diego's party in heaven. Here, we are millions of all nationalities standing ovation for you. Congratulations, Messi!"

Pele, who has been watching the tournament in hospital as he battles cancer, also paid tribute to Messi and Maradona.

Pele wrote on Instagram: "Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in an enthralling way. Messi winning his first World Cup, as his trajectory deserved.