One of the greatest, if not the greatest, World Cup finals ever held was held at the Lusail Stadium. Before Kylian Mbappe scored a sensational equalizer and converted a penalty kick to send the game into extra time, Argentina had dominated the majority of the match.
As chances were created at both ends, that resulted in even more insane football. Argentina appeared to have won the extra time when Lionel Messi scored late, but seconds later, they conceded a penalty.
That was also converted by the flawless Mbappe, who became the first player since 1966 to score a hat trick in a World Cup final. Despite this, Argentina prevailed in the penalty shootout to win the match.
In what he claimed would be his final World Cup match, Messi finally received the scrutinized trophy.
The greatest match in the history of the competition
Lionel Messi had waited years, ages, millennia too maybe, to get his hands on the greatest reward he could get- The World Cup.
In likely the most stunning last in the competition’s 92-year history, Argentina brought home its third World Cup championship by beating France 4-2 in the penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw highlighting two objectives from the 35-year-old Messi and a full go-around by his successor, France forward Kylian Mbappé.
Messi and Mbappé scored from their teams’ initial penalties. Kingsley Coman’s attempt was saved by Emi Martinez, the Argentina goalkeeper. Aurelien Tchouameni missed for France, giving Gonzalo Montiel the chance to end the game. He converted the penalty to the left, eliciting raucous applause.
From 2006 to the present, Europe has won four World Cups in a row. Brazil was the last South American champion in 2002 when Japan and South Korea hosted the tournament.
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In Qatar, Argentina supported its triumph from last year’s Copa America, its most memorable significant prize starting around 1993. It is an impressive culmination of Messi’s international career, which is not yet over. He declared after the game that he would continue to participate in national team competitions.
Messi hints at not retiring after the World Cup
“It’s crazy that it happened this way. I wanted it very much,” he told reporters. “I knew that God was going to give it to me, I had a feeling that it was going to be this way. Now to enjoy. Look at this cup, it’s beautiful. We suffered a lot but we made it. We can’t wait to be in Argentina and to see how crazy it’s going to be. This was the trophy I have wanted all of my life. This was my dream since childhood.”
After a shocking loss to Saudi Arabia a month ago, Argentina struggled to advance to the Round of 16. Fans should keep their faith, according to Lionel Messi. And he did it in an epic way. The captain of Argentina led the team not only all the way to the final, but he also scored twice in the dramatic match against France on Sunday night at Lusail Stadium to win the FIFA World Cup trophy, which he had never won in his long and successful career.
Given that Messi had previously made two clarifications that the World Cup final will be his final appearance in the tournament, one could not have asked for a better way to end his World Cup career. However, it appears that the captain of Argentina has made a U-turn.