Lionel Messi’s Argentina have won the World Cup in a penalty shootout after an amazing final with France ended in a 3-3 draw after extra-time in Qatar.
Argentina win World Cup after wonder final
Lionel Messi’s once-in-a-generation career is complete. The Argentina superstar is finally a World Cup champion.
Messi scored twice and converted in a penalty shootout too, carrying his side to victory over France after the greatest final in the competition’s history ended in a 3-3 draw after extra time in Qatar on Sunday.
Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick for France – the first treble in a men’s final for 56 years – as the world’s top two players both shone in a wondrous duel in the Lusail Stadium near Doha.
Both men scored in the spot-kick shootout too but Argentina prevailed 4-2 to lift the World Cup for the third time, with Gonzalo Montiel scoring the clinching penalty to spark wonderful scenes of celebration in the stadium.