Argentina Capture 2022 World Cup Title As Messi Puts Retirement On Hold

Written By Uche Dozie

For years have they waited now it has finally come, Argentina are the champions of the World after beating France 4-2 on penalties on Sunday at the Lusail Stadium, Doha.

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A pulsating encounter had first of all looked ordinary and “unfinal like” after Argentina led by a two goals to nil at half time of the game.

However, the French side only needed two minutes to turn the game on its head and bring all to equilibrium and take the match to extra time. At extra time a goal was scored by each side for the tie to end 3-3 before penalties.


Messi had given Argentina the lead from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute following Ousmane Dembele’s foul on Angel di Maria. It made him the first player in World Cup history to score in the group stage, last 16, quarter-final, semi-final and final of a single tournament.

He then contributed a delicate touch within a magnificent counter-attack that ended with Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister setting up Di Maria for the second 13 minutes later.

But alas, Mbappe came with the magic some minutes to the end of the game to produce two goals; one from the penalty spot and a beautiful volley.

At extra time, Messi restored Argentina’s lead, but Mbappe would complete his hat trick to bring back France into the tie.

Lionel Messi was named the best player of the tournament for his outstanding performance which propelled Argentina to victory. He score seven goals and gave three assists.

He became the first player to win the award twice since it was introduced in 1982.

Another PSG star, Kylian Mbappe emerged the highest goal scorer of the tournament with eight goals. He beat follow PSG mate, Messi by just a goal margin.

His hat trick is the first treble in a World Cup final since Sir Geoff Hurst’s in 1966, when England beat West Germany.

He has now scored twelve goals in all World Cup joining the likes of Pele, Baba, Breietner, Zidane to score in multiple World Cup finals.


For many it was the icing on the cake and a time to call it quit on an illustrious career after winning the World Cup; one trophy that has eluded him, but Lionel Messi says he is not ready to throwing the towel playing for Argentina.

The 35-year-old says he enjoys playing for his country as World champions.

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“It’s simply unbelievable. I knew that God was going to give me the Cup, I was sure — it was a big joy for us. I had this big dream for a long time, I wanted to close my career with a World Cup. I can’t ask more than this. No, I’m not going to retire from the national team. I want to keep playing as World Cup champions with the Argentina shirt.” Messi said.

Argentina Coach, Lionel Scaloni agrees that the former Barcelona legend who it is a privilege to coach can play in the next World Cup it he is well managed.

“We need to save him for the next World Cup – 2026. If Leo wants to keep playing, then he will be with us. He is more than entitled to decide what he wants to do with his career now,” he said. “It’s such a huge pleasure to coach him and his team mates because everything he transmits to his teammates is incredible. He gives us so much.

“I am so proud. I am so happy to be World Cup winners. We should have won the match in 90 minutes, then extra time but we were fighters and we were very strong. We kept fighting because we wanted the win so much

“These players play for the people, they play for the Argentina fans, they play for the whole country. The players broke their backs because they understood what they had to do on the pitch and we are very, very happy and proud.”

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