World Cup: Messi gets long-waited acclaim as Argentina defeat France to become champions

Lionel Messi’s status to being viewed as the best player of his generation and one of the greatest footballers of all time has been cemented as Argentina defeated France to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Sunday.

The epic final, played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha, the Qatari capital, stretched into penalties after it ended 3-3 after extra time, and La Albiceleste won 4-2 on penalties.

It is the iconic crowning moment that Messi, Argentina’s captain, had been hoping for, with the World Cup the only trophy missing from his cabinet.

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