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Lionel Messi revealed that his Instagram account reportedly got blocked after Argentina's World Cup victory against France in Dec. 2022.

Lionel Messi, Argentina's World Cup winning captain, revealed that his Instagram account got 'blocked' after he received 'a million messages' following Argentina's triumph against France in Qatar. Messi won the Golden Ball and Silver Boot awards in the tournament and guided his country to their first World Cup win since 1986, Daily Mail reported.

'My Instagram was blocked for a few days because of the amount of messages I received after winning the World Cup,' Messi said.

He also revealed that he currently runs his Instagram on his own, and does not use 'any company or other person' to manage posts.

Messi made the revelations during his first interview to radio Urbana Play of Buenos Aires after returning from World Cup in Qatar. The interview also saw him open up about how his 'family suffered more than him' during his previous failures with the national team.

Lionel Messi also revealed in the interview that he regrets his testy exchanges with the Netherlands coach and players during their controversial World Cup quarterfinal in Qatar. Argentina managed to qualify on penalties after a tense game. A record number of 17 yellow cards were issued during the match, including one to Messi for dissent.

During the game, when Messi scored from the spot in regular time, he stood in front of Dutch coach Louis van Gaal and cupped both hands to his ears. After the game, he also gesticulated to the Dutch bench and insulted striker Wout Weghorst, who scored twice in regulation.

"Keep moving, idiot," Messi told Weghorst in the tunnel.

However, during the interview, Messi admitted that he is not pleased with what happened with the current Manchester United striker.

"I didn't think about it, it came out in the moment," Messi said of the incident with Weghorst.

“I don’t like what I did, I don’t like what happened afterward,” Messi said. “These are moments of a lot of tension, a lot of nerves. It is very quick and people react the way they react. Nothing was planned, it just happened.”

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