Lionel Messi finally won the top trophy in sports as Argentina defeated France 4-2 in a penalty shootout to win their third championship on Sunday as Kylian Mbappé’s intention of contending for the world’s coveted crown at the Qatar 2022 tournament fizzled out. Some fans who weren’t inspired by France, however, joined in just as Mbappé’s France-led squad defeated Argentina with two late goals that came in late, but the duel was tactical and put France on par with Argentina for a penalty shootout.
The majority thought Argentina deserved to win the Cup despite thinking France was a respectable squad but not a strong defensive unit. The Argentine team has extra time to plan their winning strategy as a result of Kylian Mbappe’s two goals in two minutes at the exact 80-minute mark of the game. The French team was chastised for playing defense in a style that no one would have in the World Cup finals. Mbappe’s brave tenacity is proof that France is still competing head-to-head with the Argentine team. But afterward, Messi’s Argentine team proved to be more resilient, and as it was a world championship, it was time to move the Cup to another continent.
The game, which should have ended after 90 minutes of play, dragged on for 125 minutes because both teams needed to regroup. At 108 minutes, Messi finally scored again, and Kylian equalized exactly 10 minutes later. Argentina won the game 4-2 in penalties, which brought the result to its favor. Since France hosted and won the tournament in 1998, the World Cup would have been extremely important to France in 24 years. In the coming 48 hours, Kylian Mbappé, who was born in the same year, will mark his birthday. But kudos to Messi and the Argentine team, who took home $81 million of the $440 million in World Cup prize money.