Argentina's Crowning Moment: Celebrating Lionel Messi's 2022 World Cup Win
Messi's personal success has been unmatched. He has won a whopping seven (7) Ballon d'Or trophies.
The 2022 World Cup was a thrill to watch as the best national teams battled it out for the ultimate prize. The tournament was sensational but it was nothing compared to the thriller of a final that we got. Argentina went head-to-head with France and, in a way, their meet sparked football magic because boy was that game played! In the end, Argentina came out as the winner of the 2022 World Cup after beating France on penalties.
Argentina beat France on Penalties to Lift the 2022 World Cup
Argentina scored 3 goals including a brace from Messi, and a goal from Angel Di Maria, with France coming from behind to also score three, thanks to a hat trick by Kylian Mbappe. The game's 90 minutes ended in a 2-2 draw and had to go to extra time where both teams each scored a goal, making it 3-3, ending the game in a deadlock. As is custom, the game went to penalties and Argentina took home the trophy after beating France 4-2 on penalties.
Argentina 2022 World Cup Final Goalscorers
Argentina's 4 penalty scores were scored by Lionel Messi (his third goal in the match), Paulo Dybala, Leandro Paredes, and Gonzalo Montiel who capped the win. France only managed to score two penalties and these were scored by Kylian Mbappe (his fourth goal in the match) and Randal Kolo Muani. Their two missed penalty kicks were taken by Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni. Argentina's goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was a marvel and saved one of France's two missed penalties.
How Many Times has Argentina won the World Cup?
Argentina won the World Cup for the third time this year, 36 years after they last won the trophy in 1986. Their 1986 victory was spearheaded by the late Diego Maradona (then Greatest Footballer of All Time) and now this one is championed by Lionel Messi, the Greatest Footballer of All Time.