Argentina Vs France: Lionel Messi Finally Wins The World Cup

Argentina Vs France: Lionel Messi Finally Wins The World Cup

Argentina Vs France: Lionel Messi Finally Wins The World Cup

Argentina Vs France We will never know exactly who the greatest footballer of all time is because semi-reliable records only begin in the 19th century. We know that football was such a great distraction in the 14th century that King Edward III banned it, and 200 years later Henry VIII did the same. When you’ve invented the perfect game you can ban it (if you’re the king, usually) but it will keep coming back. Maybe there was a player in the 17th century who was better than Lionel Messi, maybe there was a player in the 1980s who was. It’s up for debate, but clearly when a World Cup final featuring Messi and Kylian Mbappe is happening right before your eyes, then it’s time to stop looking at the past and focus on the present. Enjoy what’s happening.

And then, to make it a little more prosaic, Brighton and Villa had a first-time World Cup finalist. Whether it’s 1349 or December 2022, you must love this game.

Argentina Vs France: Lionel Messi Finally Wins The World Cup
Argentina Vs France: Lionel Messi Finally Wins The World Cup

Argentina Vs France Amidst all the talk of great players whose names start with M [#BPWNBWM], France managed to pick up the semi-innings player of the tournament, fielding Antoine Griezmann for his 73rd consecutive international. While Argentina managed to select Angel D. Maria, the man he missed so much in the 2014 finale. And it was Argentina who started on the front foot, against a nervous-looking France. Alexis McAllister had a decent shot from range in the fifth minute, Rodrigo De Paul shot wide three minutes later, and then there was an intra-Argentina Vs France-Tottenham incident of violence when Cristian Romero caught Hugo Lloris with a stray elbow.

Argentina Vs France Angel Di Maria, out of that looping, eternal option, had a wild shot in the 17th minute but made the decisive contribution six minutes later when he headed past Ousmane Dembele before being fouled by the Barcelona player. Won the penalty. Another Argentina penalty in this World Cup (five is a record in a single edition and also 31% of Argentina’s total) and a chance for Messi to do what Diego Maradona never did, in a World Cup final. Did you score?

And he did. And he will do it again.

Argentina Vs France Coincidentally sending Hugo Lloris the wrong way, Messi scored Argentina’s first goal in a World Cup final since 1986, ensuring he was the first player to score in the groups, last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals. Final and last. He is also the sixth player in history to score in a World Cup and Champions League/European Cup final, and the first South American to do so. He is Lionel Messi and he came out. Was it French? Not really.

Group stage
Last 16 ✅
Quarterfinals
Semi-final
The final

Argentina Vs France This point was highlighted in the 36th minute when Argentina scored their second goal, Di Maria’s brilliant move included full-weight support from Messi and McAllister. While Argentina celebrated one of the best team goals seen in a World Cup final, Argentina Vs France France still didn’t have a shot to spare and it would stay that way when the half-time whistle blew. By this time Didier Deschamps had already seen enough and removed Olivier Giroud and Dembélé for Marcus Thuram and Randal Kolo Muani respectively. First double substitution in the first half of a World Cup final. Somewhere Jimmy Graves was watching eagerly.

With time for Lautaro Martínez to save from the brilliant Kolo Muani earlier in the game and Emi Martínez to lose a set, this blessed, ridiculous match, eventually ended, and went to penalties. Argentina played a World Cup record 792:09 minutes in that tournament and it all came down to him.

Argentina Vs France In a happy development, France and Argentina opted to use Mbappé and Messi as their starting penalty takers, the “don’t save me until the fifth attempt” nonsense here. Both scored, Mbappé showing incredible patience to score his third penalty against Martinez in the same game, Messi witnessing one of the most daring soft finishes in the game. The superb pairing was evident but it was now down to the supporting cast, and sadly for France, it was Coman and Khomeini who failed in their efforts, leaving Gonzalo Montel, the man who conceded the penalty. , which made him a national hero by scoring the 3-win penalty for France. Argentina is the world champion. Lionel Messi is the winner of the World Cup. Football is unbeatable.

Argentina 3-3 France (Argentina won 4-2 on penalties): Greatest #WorldCupFinal of all time? It was definitely there.

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