The Unforgettable FIFA 2022 World Cup Final: Lionel Messi Lifts the Trophy

It was a moment that will forever be etched in sporting history - the image of Lionel Messi lifting the World Cup in the famous blue and white of Argentina. This victory not only completes...

It was a moment that will forever be etched in sporting history - the image of Lionel Messi lifting the World Cup in the famous blue and white of Argentina. This victory not only completes the set of trophies for Messi but also solidifies his claim as one of the greatest players in the history of football.

But this final was far from a one-man show. Argentina dominated the match against a beleaguered France team, with players like Angel Di Maria and newcomer Enzo Fernandez shining on the biggest stage. However, Kylian Mbappe's brilliance turned the game around, taking it into extra time.

Let's dive into the key stats and facts from this epic FIFA World Cup final.

The First Half

The breakthrough for Argentina came from the penalty spot, setting a record for the most penalties awarded to a team in a single tournament. Lionel Messi's goal not only made history, but it also made him the first player to score in the group stage, round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final in a single World Cup edition. Messi's contributions throughout the tournament have brought his total goal count to 20, the highest among active footballers.

Argentina extended their lead with a stunning team move finished off by Angel Di Maria, who has now scored in a World Cup final, Copa America final, Champions League final, Olympic final, and Copa del Rey final. Enzo Fernandes, with his impressive performance in the first half, led the game in touches, passes, and successful tackles.

The Second Half

France fought to regain control of the final, but their first shot came late in the game. Mbappe's brilliance shone through as he became the second player in history to score in back-to-back men's World Cup finals and the first to score a brace in a final since Brazil's Ronaldo in 2002. Mbappe's three goals in the final make him the all-time leading scorer in World Cup finals at the age of only 23.

Extra Time and Penalties

Lionel Messi's influence continued to grow as he became the top scorer in major men's tournaments with 26 goals. Mbappe completed his hat-trick, making him just the second player to achieve this feat in a World Cup final. After a thrilling 3-3 draw, the final was decided by penalties, with Argentina emerging victorious, adding another penalty shootout win to their record.

The Wrap Up

Argentina's third World Cup victory places them among the elite teams in history, becoming the third male side to win the trophy on three or more occasions. They also join Spain in 2010 as the only teams to lose their opening match and still go on to lift the trophy. Lionel Messi's exceptional tournament performance earned him the Golden Ball title for the second time in his career.

Other notable achievements include Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martínez winning the Golden Glove award and Enzo Fernandez being named the FIFA Young Player of the Tournament. Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni joins an exclusive club of managers who have won both the World Cup and Copa América.

In conclusion, the FIFA 2022 World Cup final showcased the brilliance of both Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. It will go down as one of the greatest matches in footballing history, leaving fans in awe of the talent and excitement displayed on the grandest stage of them all.