FIFA World Cup 2022 was a global festival of football. It was successfully hosted by Qatar. The fest is over now and all the players are back home. Argentina is the champion of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Lionel Messi could finally make his childhood dream of lifting the prestigious trophy true.
Argentina, the winners went back home with a reward of 42 million dollars or 355 crores INR. France were the runners in the tournament. They walked home with a monetary prize of 30 million dollars or nearly 254 crores INR.
Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boot of the FIFA World Cup 2022. He netted a total of 8 game-time goals and beat Messi in the table. Lionel Messi netted 7 goals and got the Silver Boot and also the Golden Ball of FIFA World Cup 2022.
Enzo Fernandez was selected as the best young player of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Emiliano Martinez, the goalie of Argentina won the Golden Glove of the tournament. He was one of the reasons behind the victory as he saved the 2 penalty goals of France in the finals.
France showcased a strange moment at the finals
On December 18, Sunday, the final match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 was held. The final match was absolutely a roller-coaster. The first half was fully dominated by Argentina. They were leading with a score of 2-0.
However, Mbappe changed the game with a brace before completing his hat trick. At the end of game time, the scoreline was 3-3. Hence, there were penalty kicks where Argentina netted two extra goals than France and won the match as well as the tournament.
After Youssouf Fofana substituted in, there was a strange moment observed in the field. Except for Hugo Lloris, all the french players were black. When racism rises its voice in the world, the sport decreased the volume. The French line-up created a strange moment in football history.
Mbappe faced an indifferent treatment of French president Emmanuel Macron on his birthday(Tuesday) as the premier offered his commiserations on the Lusail turf afterward was a cold shoulder in the full glare of the world. Whether it was deep personal disappointment and fatigue at having come so close, or simply a rejection of things Macron stands for, like using Les Bleus as a vehicle for his propaganda, many social theorists and political analysts immediately saw it as an image of defiance.
Though many of their players were from the French-African colonies, France have given space for the talents without minding anything else. Following it, French coach Didier Deschamps was also proud of the depth of their team and said that he is confident about the future.
About the owner of the Golden Boot of FIFA World Cup 2022
Mbappe started his World Cup journey in the year 2018. He netted his first goal in the group stages of World Cup 2018 for France against Peru. With that goal in the count, he became the youngest french footballer to score in the World Cup at the age of 19.
On 21 May 2022, Mbappé extended his contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2025, despite speculations of a possible transfer to Real Madrid, which prompted La Liga officials to file a complaint to UEFA regarding accumulating losses of PSG in the previous years.
According to Sky Sports reports, the financial details of Mbappe’s contract include a monthly wage of 4 million Euro, making him the highest-paid player in the world.
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To date, there were no African countries to reach the final stages. Yet this tournament was a good one for African and Asian teams. Mbappe was a remarkable icon of the tournament with 8 game-time goals. He overshines the champion’s captain Lionel Messi in terms of goals.