A Massive Finale : Argentina and Messi fulfill their Goal emerging as WORLD CHAMPIONS!! Kylian Mbappe received the Golden Boot!

It had taken five attempts, and a record 26 World Cup finals matches, but the boy from Rosario, Lionel Messi, finally delivered to lift himself alongside that other Argentina footballing deity, Diego Maradona, who had taken his nation to the title in 1986.

After a 3-3 thriller across 120 minutes, Argentina bested France 4-2 on penalties to win their third World Cup, after 36 years.

As fireworks exploded and some 80,000 people roared, Lionel Messi smiled. His Argentina soccer shirt covered by the bisht the Emir of Qatar had just draped him in – the cape reserved for top officials and sheikhs. He smiled, he paused, then he hoisted high the World Cup, a lifetime’s dream realised. For all the accolades, all the awards, the riches, titles and silverware, there had been one stain on his career resume, and it was one he erased forever on a magical World Cup night for Argentina.

“It’s anyone’s childhood dream,” Messi said. “I was lucky to have achieved everything in this career… and this one that was missing is here. It’s madness… look how she (the World Cup) is, she’s gorgeous. I wanted her so much. I had a vision that this would be the one… she was getting closer.”

Fan made poster of Messi adding yet another feather to his hat.

In what turned out to be a tightly-contested final, Argentina first took the lead in the 23rd-minute with Messi capitalising on a penalty after Angel Di Maria was fouled in the box by Ousmane Dembele. Then a quick counter in the 36th-minute saw Messi flick a ball past his marker to pick out Alexis Mac Allister’s run. The Brighton midfielder surged into the box, before squaring it to Di Maria, who beat a rushing Lloris with a bottom corner finish to make it 2-0 for Argentina.

With the CONMEBOL side cruising to a win, Kylian Mbappe had other plans and brought France back into the game with two goals in 97 seconds. In the 80th-minute, the PSG star converted a penalty to make it 1-2 after Kolo Muani was brought down in the Argentine box. Then the 23-year-old made it 2-2 with a stunning volley in the 81st-minute.

With the match entering extra-time, both sides began to look for a winner and it looked like Messi found it for Argentina, tapping it in after a deflection off Hugo Lloris to make it 3-2, after a quick VAR check ruled in his favour in the 108th-minute. But Mbappe once again came to his side’s rescue in the 118th-minute, converting another penalty in the 118th-minute after Gonzalo Montiel saw a shot by the Frenchman hit his arm. After Mbappe’s hat-trick, the score read 3-3 and it entered the penalty shootout. During the shootout, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez came out on top with stunning saves to block Aurelien Tchouameni and Kingsley Coman’s efforts. Gonzalo Montiel converted the winning penalty as Argentina won 4-2 in the shootout.

Lionel Messi was on top of the world and the Argentina locker room table when he celebrated Argentina’s 3rd World Cup victory against France at the Lusail stadium on Sunday, a video shared by teammate Nicolás Otamendi showed.

The whole Argentina camp was in a celebratory mood as Messi entered the locker room with the World Cup trophy in hand and proceeded to climb on top of the table while the whole room erupted with joy. The Argentina captain would soon be joined by Lautaro Martinez as they both danced on top of the table with the trophy.

After the match, Messi was applauded by Argentine supporters and also had his Diego Maradona moment, getting carried on the shoulders with the World Cup trophy. The same was done to the Napoli legend after he led Argentina to victory in the FIFA World Cup 1986 final. Here is the photo, which has gone viral:

Messi also received the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player. Meanwhile, Martinez was awarded the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper and Enzo Fernandez was adjudged as winner of the Best Young Player award. Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe received the Golden Boot, after finishing the top-scorer for eight goals.

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