The FIFA World Cup 2022 will see the final match on December 18 between defending champions France and Lionel Messi-led Argentina. It is very important for both the teams to win in this match. France will look to become champions for the second time in a row, while Argentina will look to end a drought of 36 years.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 has reached its conclusion today. On Sunday 18 December, the final of the FIFA World Cup will be played between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium with a capacity of 80,000 spectators. With this match, Lionel Messi will also be decided whether he will be able to join the ranks of Pele and Diego Maradona.
Argentina’s 35-year-old Lionel Messi will compete with 23-year-old French star footballer Kylian Mbappe. If Argentina’s team wins in this match, then Lionel Messi’s career will be over. But this match with the defending champions France is going to be very tough. Mbappe is in a very good position to have an edge over Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as football greats. At the same time, Mbappe would like to create history by winning this match. If France is successful in winning today’s match, then it will break the record of 60 years, now it can become the first team to become champion for the second consecutive time in 60 years. The French team will try to create a new history by breaking the old history.
There is a special need for both the teams to win this match. In such a situation, a lot of heating competition can be seen between Lionel Messi and Mbappe, which is going to be very interesting for the football fans. After this match, it will also be clear that which player succeeds in getting the ‘Golden Boot’.
Mbappe was 19 when he led France to a second World Cup title in 2018 and became the youngest player to score in a final since 17-year-old Pelé in 1958. Pelé missed Brazil’s 1962 World Cup victory in the knockout stages due to injury, but Mbappe remained a key player for France from the start of the tournament. In fact, he is tied with Messi as the top goalscorer with five goals.
France, on the other hand, is trying to become the first team since Brazil (in 1962) to win back-to-back World Cup trophies. The team that has produced players like Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and now Mbappe has reached the final for the fourth time in the last seven World Cups, more than any other team. Coach Didier Deschamps was a World Cup winner in 1998 as a player and is now campaigning to win the title for the second consecutive time as a coach.
Vittorio Pozzo was the only other coach to lead Italy to two consecutive titles, in 1934 and 1938. Like France, Argentina is seeking a third World Cup title (after 1978 and 1986) to move up to fourth on the all-time list. If this happens, the team’s 36-year wait will end after Maradona’s 1986 performance in Mexico. That victory made Maradona forever a ‘hero’ in Argentina and an ‘icon’ of the football world.
Messi now looks to equal that level, whether he wins or loses in his record 26th World Cup match on Sunday. Messi is being compared to Maradona for the way he led Argentina to the final. Messi scored five goals and assisted three goals, enthralling fans of his team, which appeared in abundance in matches throughout the World Cup in Qatar. Looking at which it seems that this match will be like a home match for Argentina but the number of supporters of France will not be less.
But it’s hard to pick a winner. The French team has immense experience and has the ability to win despite not playing their best game. Deschamps kept France’s performance high despite the exits of key players such as Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe and Karim Benzema ahead of the tournament. France’s defense is very good. The team will try to keep Messi away, so Argentina will want to keep Mbappe tight.
Argentina coach Leonel Scaloni is likely to pick the central midfielder quartet from their 3-0 win over Croatia in the semi-finals. They would like to pass the ball to Messi from all sides so that he can show his magic. Or Julian Alvarez, who started the tournament as ‘backup’ in an incredible 1-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia and has already cemented his place in the starting XI with four goals. Eight years ago, Messi won the ‘Golden Boot’ award for the best player of the tournament in the 2014 final in a 0-1 loss to Germany. This time he would certainly like to lift the trophy made of 18-karat gold instead to end his career like no one else has.