The match between France and Argentina was advertised as a duel between the two brightest names in the sport, and both players delivered.
On Sunday, Argentina defeated France in a World Cup final to remember, winning 4-2 after Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick ensured the game ended equal after extra time. Lionel Messi concluded his illustrious career with the victory.
Argentina won the World Cup for the third time thanks to a penalty kick by Gonzalo Montiel, depriving France of the opportunity to win the championship .But in a truly amazing match, Messi and Mbappe both lived up to their reputations, with Messi scoring twice and Mbappe becoming the first player to score three goals in a World Cup final since England’s Geoff Hurst in 1966. The match concluded 3-3 after extra time.
Messi had opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the first half before Angel Di Maria doubled Argentina’s lead at the end of a brilliant counter-attack in the 36th minute.
But the astonishing Mbappe breathed life into the holders as he pulled one back from the penalty spot with 10 minutes to go before equalizing in stunning fashion just 60 seconds later to force extra time.Messi then seemed to have decided the contest in Argentina’s favor once and for all when he converted a rebound in the 109th minute, only for Mbappe to net from another spot-kick, bringing the game level at 3-3 and forcing a shoot-out.
Messi and Mbappe both scored in the opening round of the third World Cup penalty shootout, but Kingsley Coman’s subsequent France attempt was saved, and crucially, Aurelien Tchouameni missed the mark.After guiding Argentina to the title and winning the Golden BALL award, Lionel Messi was declared the best player in the World Cup however the 35-year-old was denied the Golden Boot trophy after France star Kylian Mbappe scored an incredible hat-trick in the championship game, bringing his career total to eight goals, There is no debate that the world cup final held at the Lusail Stadium was the best one ever.