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Argentina defeats France on penalties to win the FIFA World Cup after 36 Years

Argentina defeats France on penalties to win the FIFA World Cup

Lionel Messi kissed the World Cup, made his way toward his teammates, and raised the golden trophy high while donning a black Qatari robe over his blue and white Argentina shirt.

FIFA World Cup 2022

Messi has won the World Cup, capping off a once-in-a-generation career.

Argentina won its third FIFA World Cup title by defeating France 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw that featured two goals from the 35-year-old Messi and a hat trick from France forward Kylian Mbappé in arguably the most unpredictable final in the 92-year history of the competition. It’s incredible that it came to pass in this manner, stated Messi. “I was desperate for this. I had faith that God would give me this gift. I sensed that this World Cup was going to be it.

Mbappé did everything he could to mimic Brazilian legend Pelé as a champion at his first two FIFA World Cups in the commotion inside Lusail Stadium. Moreover, he achieved the first hat trick in a championship game since Geoff Hurst for England in 1966.

It wasn’t sufficient.

There is no longer a point of contention. In an exclusive club of the greatest football players of all time, Messi joins Pelé, a record-breaking three-time World Cup champion, and Diego Maradona, a late Argentina great with whom Messi was frequently compared.

Exactly who is the best? Since there is no definitive solution, the debate will continue indefinitely. However, Messi has made a strong case, and with the World Cup win on his record, he is unquestionably superior to Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of his generation.

When Messi walked in to receive the Golden Ball, given to the tournament’s top player, he had a fleeting glimpse of the 18-carat gold World Cup trophy. Even more, he continuously rubbed and kissed the World Cup.

About ten minutes later, Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, put a ceremonial robe, known as a bisht, over his shoulders so he could finally take possession of it. Oh, how he relished the occasion, sharing it with his loved ones and the players who had returned Argentina to the top of the football world following the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The nation’s other title was won on home soil in 1978.

Argentina repeated its Copa America triumph from the previous year in Qatar, claiming its first significant prize since 1993.

The first World Cup held in the Arab world was a pretty final.

FIFA and the Qatari organizers saw the world’s two best players and two big football nations in the final as the ideal way to end a tournament marred by controversy ever since the scandal-plagued vote to award the tournament to a small Arab emirate in 2010.

The final

After Angel Di Maria was tripped and Argentina was awarded a penalty, Messi scored to give Argentina the lead. Later, Messi contributed to a smooth team move that saw Di Maria score Argentina’s second goal, making it 2-0 after 36 minutes.

A France defender cleared the ball just after it crossed the goal line, but Messi still had plenty of energy and was on hand to tap in his second goal in the 108th minute. The dramatic game was about to go to a shootout when Argentina appeared to be on the verge of winning the championship once more. However, Mbappé still had time to score another penalty following a handball.

Didier Deschamps, the coach of France, attempting to lead his side to its first back-to-back championships since Brazil in 1962, remarked, “We managed to come back from the dead.”

He would have loved it so much if he had been here, Scaloni remarked. He would have arrived on the scene first (to celebrate). He could have savored the occasion if he had been present.

Since 2006, Europe has won four consecutive World Cups, but that streak ended. Brazil won the last South American championship, which took place in Asia in 2002 when Japan and South Korea jointly hosted the event.

Mbappé, on the other hand, remained unnoticed until he scored two goals in 97 seconds, the second of which was a volley from inside the area following a rapid exchange of passes in the 80th minute to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime.

Messi’s Final throw

Messi had declared that Qatar 2022 would be his final FIFA World Cup, and there is no sign that he will play beyond the immediate future. But his manager, Lionel Scaloni, made it plain that if he made himself available for the 2026 edition, the door would be open in three and a half years. Let’s Hope to see Messi in those great jerseys with incredible power.

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