On Sunday, an epic World Cup final provided a crowning moment of success for football superstar Lionel Messi as Argentina defeated the reigning men’s champions France in a shootout.
After 120 minutes of play, both teams were even at 3-3. Still, the French failed to convert on two penalty kicks and Gonzalo Montiel scored the decisive goal to give Argentina an emotional and exhausting victory.
Argentina had been in control for most of the match, with a score of 2-0 close to the end, but France suddenly became energized and did a comeback due to their star player Kylian Mbappé who scored 2 goals in a short period. Both teams failed to capitalize on opportunities and then added two more goals in the extra 30 minutes before the ultimate decision was made through penalty kicks.
The competition featured unexpected outcomes and remarkable accomplishments, but the championship match had two major players competing for the trophy – headlined by a duo of small players. Mbappé affirmed his status as the young challenger to Messi’s throne, with the quick and talented forward netting a hat trick as France almost became the first team to win consecutive titles since Brazil in 1962.
In the end, Messi was triumphant and clinched the trophy that confirms his reputation as one of the game’s all-time best players as he bids farewell to international soccer by sealing a third Fifa World Cup title for his country which is highly passionate about the sport. In the extra time, it was all Messi vs Mbappé.
Third and fourth position: Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 in a thriller match Saturday and earned the bronze finish in this year’s football mega event in Qatar.
Argentina vs France World Cup Final in pictures:
Messi hugging his mother in celebration
Fans’ Reaction to Argentina winning the World Cup