FIFA World Cup 2022 Final Argentina vs France Highlights : Argentina won the penalty shootout after one of the greatest World Cup finals of all time ended in a 3-3 draw.
The Lusail Stadium hosted one of the greatest, if not the greatest, World Cup finals in history. Argentina led for much of the game until Kylian Mbappe converted a penalty and scored a spectacular equaliser to force extra time. This resulted in even more insane football, with chances flying around at both ends. Argentina appeared to win after Messi scored late in the second half of extra time, only to concede a penalty seconds later. Mbappe converted that as well, becoming the first player since 1966 to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. Despite this, he ended up on the losing side, as Argentina won the penalty shootout. Messi finally got his hands on the World Cup trophy in what he said was his final game in this tournament.
Simply by setting foot on the field, Argentina’s captain created another piece of World Cup history, surpassing Lothar Matthaus’s long-standing appearance record.
23’ (P) It wasn’t long before Messi was firing Argentina in front and, in the process, becoming the first player to score in the group stage, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the same World Cup.
36’ Argentina were completely dominant, and when Angel Di Maria made it 2-0 – joining Messi in the top three oldest scorers in World Cup finals history – victory looked to be theirs for the taking.
80’ (P) Kylian Mbappe converts a penalty to reduce the lead for France
81’ Kylian Mbappe scores again to level the score 2-2 for France
108’ Lionel Messi put Argentina in the lead again. France were all over the place at the back as Argentina knocked it through them again.
118’ (P) Kylian Mbappe’s third and final strike came deep into extra-time, shortly after Messi thought he’d sealed glory for Argentina with a goal that took him into the top five of the tournament’s all-time scoring list.
France’s talented talisman had other ideas, of course, and he became the first man since 1966 to score a World Cup final hat-trick – earning himself the adidas Golden Boot in the process.
Cometh the shootout, cometh Emiliano Martinez. The Argentina keeper has proved himself a master in these situations over recent years and he once again produced a vital save to tip the balance in his team’s favour.
A full-back who has only recently risen to prominence, Gonzalo Montiel made himself the Fabio Grosso of 2022 by burying the winning penalty and producing an understandably emotional reaction. This was what Lionel Messi had spent his entire career chasing and, when he finally became a world champion, the Argentina No10 simply sank to his knees before being engulfed by team-mates.
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Argentina to FIFA World Cup glory
Lionel Messi, for many the greatest footballer in history, has finally got his hands on the FIFA World Cup trophy – and following one of the finest individual campaigns in the competition’s history. The 35-year-old provided 7 goals and 3 assists and broke multiple records as Argentina conquered the sport for the first time in 36 years.
Did you know?
Diego Maradona and Messi both made their Argentina debuts against Hungary coming off the bench in the 62nd and 63rd minutes respectively. ‘La Pulga Atomica’ was sent off just two minutes into his bow.
Messi was sent on for his World Cup debut in the 76th minute against Serbia and Montenegro at Germany 2006. Within three minutes he’d set up Hernan Crespo to score and ten minutes later he slotted home to seal a 6-0 victory – Argentina’s joint-biggest in the competition.
Youngest scorers in World Cup history
- Pele, Brazil – 17 and 239 days in 1958
- Manuel Rosas, Mexico – 18 and 93 days in 1930
- Michael Owen, England – 18 and 191 days in 1998
- Nicolae Kovacs, Romania – 18 and 198 days in 1930
- Dimitri Sychev, Russia – 18 and 232 days in 2002
- Lionel Messi, Argentina – 18 and 358 days in 2006
- Aleksandar Tirnanic, Yugoslavia – 18 and 365 days in 1930
- Julian Green, USA – 19 and 25 days in 2014
- Divock Origi, Belgium – 19 and 65 days in 2014
- Martin Hoffman, East Germany – 19 and 88 days in 1974
Pele reigned as South America’s outright leading international marksman for 59 years – he outranked Ademir de Menezes, who hit 32 goals for Brazil – until Messi broke his record in 2021.
Most goals in one calendar year for Argentina
- Lionel Messi – 18 goals in 14 games in 2022
- Lionel Messi – 12 goals in 9 games in 2012
- Gabriel Batistuta – 12 goals in 12 games in 1998
- Antonio Angelillo – 10 goals in 9 games in 1957
- Sergio Aguero – 10 goals in 10 games in 2015
Top-scoring men in World Cup history
- Miroslav Klose (16 goals in 24 games)
- Ronaldo (15 in 19)
- Gerd Muller (14 in 13)
- Just Fontaine (13 in 6)
- Lionel Messi (13 in 26)
- Pele (12 in 14)
- Sandor Kocsis (11 in 5)
- Jurgen Klinsmann (11 in 17)
- Helmut Rahn (10 in 10)
- Gabriel Batistuta (10 in 12)
- Gary Lineker (10 in 12)
- Teofilo Cubillas (10 in 13)
- Thomas Muller (10 in 19)
- Grzegorz Lato (10 in 20)
Top-scoring men in international football history
- Cristiano Ronaldo (118 in 196)
- Ali Daei (109 in 148)
- Lionel Messi (98 in 172)
- Mokhtar Dahari (89)
- Ferenc Puskas (84 in 89)
- Sunil Chhetri (84 in 131)
- Ali Mabkhout (80 in 109)
- Godfrey Chitalu (79 in 111)
- Hussein Saeed (78 in 137)
- Pele (77 in 91)
- Neymar (77 in 124)
Is Messi going to retire after world cup?
To answer that Messi himself told to reporter, “No i am not going to retire from the national team i want to keep playing as a world champion in ARGENTINA Jersey”.