Lionel Messi’s wife Antonela celebrates the Argentinian star’s penalty as dad looks on as he lights up the World Cup final

LIONEL MESSI’s wife Antonela jumped for joy as her husband gave Argentina a 1-0 lead in the World Cup final.

The 35-year-old went into tonight’s game aiming to make history by capping his glorious career with the one trophy he has so far eluded.

Lionel Messi's family and friends celebrate his goal

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Lionel Messi’s family and friends celebrate his goalPhoto credit: Rex
The Argentinian superstar saves his penalty

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The Argentinian superstar saves his penaltyPhoto credit: Reuters
Antonela celebrates Lionel Messi's goal

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Antonela celebrates Lionel Messi’s goalPhoto credit: Rex

Argentina started the game up front and put France under pressure from the first whistle.

And they deservedly took the lead after 23 minutes after Ousmane Dembele fouled Angel Di Maria in the box.

Messi stepped forward to take the resulting penalty and smacked Hugo Lloris from 12 yards to delight his millions of supporters around the world.

And nobody was more enthusiastic than Antonela, who jumped up and waved her fists in the stands in celebration.

She was accompanied by sons Thiago (ten), Mateo (seven) and Ciro (four).

The young trio partied after seeing their dad score on the biggest stage.

And Messi’s own father Jorge watched proudly from the stands.

Things got even better for Argentina just 13 minutes later – Messi was involved again.

Messi, 35, celebrates his penalty

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Messi, 35, celebrates his penaltyPhoto credit: Getty
Antonela watched nervously throughout the game

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Antonela watched nervously throughout the gameCredit: EPA
Team Messi kicked every ball in the stands

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Team Messi kicked every ball in the standsPhoto credit: Rex

The Paris Saint-Germain star lapped up the ball beautifully as his side launched a counterattack that eventually found Alexis Mac Allister.

He then pushed it to Di Maria, who brilliantly defeated Lloris one-on-one.

France’s poor performance saw head coach Didier Deschamps take – and did – drastic measures TWO Substitutions just five minutes before half-time.

He withdrew attackers Dembele and Olivier Giroud and replaced them with Randal Kolo Muani and Marcus Thuram.

Antonela and the kids were Leo's biggest fans throughout the tournament

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Antonela and the kids were Leo’s biggest fans throughout the tournamentPhoto credit: INSTAGRAM / @antonelarocuzzo
Papa Jorge was on the phone in the first half

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Papa Jorge was on the phone in the first halfPhoto credit: Reuters

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