It was a sober party for Lionel Messi and his team, who clinched the prestigious World Cup after 36 years for Argentina, beating France 4-2 via a penalty shootout at the Lusail Stadium. The Argentines went around town in an open-top bus ride and returned to their accommodation at the Qatar National University only around 1 am, a good three hours after Messi lifted the coveted Jules Rimet trophy. Then, at the University, the staff, mostly comprising Asian expat workers, had organised a party for their heroes. “There was a lot of singing and dancing around Messi. The players climbed on tables singing their famous Muchachos anthem song throughout. There were cold drinks, fruit juices, cornflakes, a special organic tea which the Argentines prefer and a lot of coffee. There was no alcohol,” Mumbai resident Shaikh Ishraque Ahmad, who has been working in Doha for two years and was contracted by FIFA to be among the support staffers at the Qatar University premises, told mid-day on Monday.