Argentina won the World Cup after a wild league match against France that went into overtime and became the third World Cup final to be decided on penalties.
The game lasted more than two hours as Argentina and France played to a grueling draw. The score was 2-2 after 90 minutes when extra time began. Argentina star Lionel Messi then scored and France responded minutes later.
The duel continued with penalties as both teams scored on the first of their five penalty goals. France missed kicks #2 and #3; Argentina took both kicks. The pressure was palpable as France kept their hopes alive with a No. 4 kick. But the decisive move came from Argentina’s Gonzalo Montiel, who pocketed with kick #4, sealing Argentina’s win. France had hoped to defend their 2018 World Cup title.
With the penalties it was 4:2 in the end.
Argentina’s bid for the World Cup trophy was one of the big stories of the 2022 games, given Messi’s prominence as a player who still hadn’t managed to secure a World Cup win for his home country. The win marks Argentina’s third-ever World Cup victory and first since 1986.
The stadium in Qatar erupted as Argentinian fans showed emotion, waving their country’s white and blue striped flag and other insignia. The World Cup victory is the perfect swan song for Messi, who had long ago announced his retirement from the national team after the 2022 games.
Combining salary and endorsement deals, Forbes named Messi the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2022, with a haul of $75 million from the field and a further $55 million from off-field activities.
(Pictured: Argentina’s Lionel Messi battles for possession with France’s Youssouf Fofana at the World Cup final in Qatar 2022.)
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