Lionel Messi has finally won the big one. The Argentine magician got his hands on the elusive World Cup and engrained himself in football folklore after beating France 4-2 on penalties at Lusail Stadium.
After the match ended, Messi shared a tender moment with his mother as they embraced in the middle of the ground amid the explosion of celebration around them.
Argentina won the World Cup for a third time when substitute Gonzalo Montiel scored the decisive penalty after a dramatic match at Lusail Stadium north of Doha. Argentina won the shootout 4–2 after Kingsley Coman and Aurélien Tchouaméni missed their penalty kicks to France.
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Messi with his mother ❤️pic.twitter.com/YPeWo5y5NQ
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In one of the wildest finals in the tournament’s 92-year history, 35-year-old Messi scored two goals and another on Sunday in a shootout as Argentina beat France 4-2 after a 3-3 draw after a 3-3 draw and thereby claimed a third world title. Cup title.
Amidst all that, French striker Kylian Mbappé – the heir to 35-year-old Messi – scored the first hat-trick in a final in 56 years, going all out to emulate Brazil’s great Pelé as champion at his first two world championships. cups.
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Now there is no discussion. Messi joins Pelé – a record three-time World Cup champion – and Diego Maradona, the late Argentine great to whom Messi was so often compared, in an exclusive club of the greatest footballers of all time.