Messi leads Argentina to World Cup glory over France

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Renardo Brown

Lionel Messi has rubber stamped his name in history as one of the greatest footballers to grace the planet as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties to lift the 2022 FIFA World Cup in  Qatar on Sunday.

The two had earlier played to a 3-3 draw in regulation and extra time.

In the regulation and extra time play, Messi scored twice, while Kylian Mbappe netted a hattrick for the Argentines who were winning the World Cup for the third time.

Meanwhile, Messi capped possibly his final World Cup game by winning the Golden Ball for being the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

He netted seven goals in seven games and became the first player to score in each round of the same World Cup since the last-16 round was introduced in 1986.

He is also the first player to win the Golden Ball award twice since it was introduced in 1982 after also winning the honour in 2014.

Kylian Mbappe who won the Golden Boot for being the top scorer with eight goals, scored the first treble in a World Cup final since Sir Geoff Hurst in 1966 when England beat West Germany.

Argentina's goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez who kept three clean sheets, secured the Golden Glove Award, while his teammate Enzo Fernandez was named Young Player of the Tournament.



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