It was a consecration, the spiritual overtones entirely appropriate. Lionel Messi not only emulated the deity of Argentinian football, Diego Maradona, by leading the nation to World Cup glory; he finally plugged the burning gap on his CV, winning the one title that has eluded him – at the fifth time of asking, surely the last time. In the process he gilded his claim to being recognised as the greatest player of them all.
Argentina had to win this final three times, France refusing to accept it was Messi’s destiny to get his hands on the iconic gold trophy, that it was somehow preordained. It will go down as surely the finest World Cup final of all time, the most pulsating, one of the greatest games in history because of how Kylian Mbappé hauled France up off the canvas towards the end of normal time.
Written by David Hytner at Lusail Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/dec/18/world-cup-final-argentina-france-match-report under the title “Argentina beat France on penalties to win World Cup after stunning final”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.