The world has been abuzz with excitement after Lionel Messi, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and arguably the greatest footballer of all time was finally crowned a world champion when Argentina won the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
It was a match for the ages, as Argentina faced off against France in the highly anticipated finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. And when the final whistle blew, it was Argentina who emerged victorious, securing a historic win.
The match was played at the Lusail Stadium, Qatar with a capacity crowd of more than 40,000 fans packed into the stands. From the opening whistle, both teams came out firing, with both sides displaying a fierce determination to come out on top.
Messi’s achievement has been met with an outpouring of praise and admiration from around the world, with many of the greatest sporting icons of our time taking to social media to congratulate him on his stunning accomplishment.
Pele lauds Messi
Brazilian legend Pele said Lionel Messi “deserved” to be a World Cup winner after Argentina defeated France in a penalty shootout in Sunday’s final.
Pele also congratulated Argentina. He also hailed Mbappe for scoring a World Cup final hat trick a first of its kind since 1966. He also reserved special praise for Morocco and their fairytale run to the semis.
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This million-dollar post of Pele is winning the heart of many football fans over the globe. This was the post in which Pele can be seen lauding Messi, Mbappe, and the Argentinian team.
Records set by Messi
With Argentina, Lionel Messi has won the WC, Copa America, the Finalissima, and the Olympic Gold medal. He’s the man with the most Ballon d’Or (7).
He’s won every possible club competition for FC Barcelona and also the league title with PSG. He’s the second-highest goal scorer of his generation (Cristiano Ronaldo ahead) and the highest assist provider.
Messi is the only player to win two Golden Balls in WCs and the only player to score in every stage of a WC. He scored twice in the final and simply looked sublime at the age of 35.
Messi also won 10 Man of the Match Awards till now and notably, Mbappe won the Golden Boot by scoring a hat-trick in the final creating history.