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The photographer tells about the moment he took the photo of Messi that has nearly 71 million likes

The photographer tells about the moment he took the photo of Messi that has nearly 71 million likes 2

The photographer tells about the moment he took the photo of Messi that has nearly 71 million likes

Messi smiled brightly, his eyes shining, expressing his extreme joy at achieving his World Cup dream after many years of waiting.

The person who took the photo was Getty photographer Shaun Botterill.

Messi sat on Aguero’s shoulders, held up the trophy, smiling towards the fans after the Argentina team won the World Cup on the evening of December 18.

After receiving the trophy, Messi spent time having fun with family members, then walked towards the fans, causing the group of photographers to rush towards the goal at the end of the field.

`I was stuck in the crowd, but stuck in the right place,` Botterill recalled on December 21 the moment he took the photo.

`Messi stood there, not moving much. At other times, the photographers were constantly being pushed around, and Messi was also constantly moving with the trophy,` he said.

Botterill said that in the chaotic situation, he realized he was quite close to Messi, only about two meters away, exactly the range every photographer expected but `doesn’t always happen`.

`I think the way he held the trophy and smiled was really a moment of mingling with the fans,` he said.

When Aguero, Messi’s former teammate on the Argentina team, who retired in December 2021 because he was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia, carried Messi on his shoulder towards the other side of the stands, Botterill immediately sent a message.

As it happened, Botterill’s son was the editor on duty that night.

The British photographer admitted that he does not like the cropping style that Messi uses on Instagram, because wide-angle photos allow viewers to have a more panoramic view, better capturing the admiration that the Argentina captain is receiving.

Botterill doesn’t use social media, so he didn’t know that his photo had broken the record on Instagram.

`I find it very funny because I don’t use Instagram, I don’t even know how to crop photos on Instagram,` Botterill said.

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