Yes, its very true. Finally Lionel Messi lifts the World Cup for his Country Argentina, he led the La albiceleste (the name of the National team of Argentina also known as ‘The White and Sky Blue’) to a scintillating game play against the Le Blues of France and triumphing in the end. This will go down as one of the best World Cup Finals in history. Both teams gave good account of themselves, showing that they are the best National Teams in the World as of 2022. #FIFAWorldCup
With just about 10 minutes remaining, Argentina led 2-0 after controlling the majority of the game, but France suddenly came alive behind star forward Kylian Mbappé’s two goals in as many minutes. In the 30 minutes of extra time prior to the stress of the penalty kicks, both teams exchanged squandered opportunities and then late goals once more. #Qatar2022
Messi opened scoring for his country and scored the third goal in the extra time after the 90 minutes of play. Mpappe equalized for France through a penalty in the 26th minute of the extra time to make the scores 3:3. The games then had to proceed to penalties.
France lost their three kicks though Mpappe scored the first penalty kick for France. Messi stepped up and scored his kick and all the other Argentine players followed his lead and netted their kicks. It was Argentina 4 and France 2 on penalty kicks and Argentina lifts the 2022 World Cup. The Argentine Goal Keeper, Emi Martinez, was the hero of the penalty kicks for saving two of the France’s penalty kicks
This undeniably makes Lionel Messi one of the greatest of football starts and perhaps the GOAT, as suggested by some. Messi proved to be motivator and game ace for Argentina. He played in all the matches and played full time and in all the games he scored for his country. What is most interesting is his level headedness and calm though out the competition and the way he led and inspired his team to victory.
The football World will for a long time speak on this 2022 World Cup in Qatar and Messi’s role in Argentina lifting the trophy. France will have the consolation prize of Mpape going home with the Golden Boot award for scoring 8 goals while Messi scored 7 goals. Three of Mpape’s goals came in this match against Argentina where he scored three goals, a hat trick, two of them coming through penalty takes.
Kylian Mbappe became the second man in history to score a hat-trick in the World Cup final. The World Cup victory is Lionel Messi’s career-crowning moment as he waited for almost two decades to lift the World Cup. This may as well be his last World Cup!
World Cup 2022 Award winners
- Enzo Fernandez (Argentina) won the Young Play Award for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- Emiliano Martinez (Argentina) Won the Golden Glove Award for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- Kylian Mpappe (France) won the Golden Boot Award for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- Lionel Messi (Argentina) won the Golden Ball Award for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- The National Team of Croatia won the third place Award for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- The Les Bleus (i.e. The National Team of France, also known as The Blues) won the runners up Award for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- La albiceleste (i.e. The National team of Argentina also known as ‘The White and Sky Blue’) won the First Place Award, The 2022 World Cup in Qatar .
So, the debate on who is the GOAT and greater of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is finally over. Lionel Messi is the GOAT – Greatest Of All Time Footballer. He has won the champions league, La Liga, French Ligue 1, Copa America, the Ballon Door 7times, Copa Del Rey, Best FIFA Men’s Player, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Best Player in Europe, FIFA World Cup, the Golden Ball, Under 20 World Cup Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, and now the World Cup. These and more are Lionel Messi’s title and awards.
The next World Cup, the 2026 World Cup, will be played in three countries namely, USA, Mexico and Canada. Twenty of the games will be in Mexico (3 cities) and Canada (2 cities) while 60 of the games will be in USA (11 cities). The 2026 World Cup will feature 48 teams that will compete in 16 groups of three teams each out of which 32 teams will qualify for the knockout stages. That means the two top teams in each group will qualify to the 32 team knockout stage.