Messi's World Cup Victory After Epic Journey
|Argentina's Lionel Messi gives a kiss to the World Cup Trophy after beating France in a penalty shoot out during the FIFA World Cup final at Lusail Stadium, Qatar. Picture date: Sunday December 18, 2022.(Image-Getty)
Will Lionel Messi be able to win the most coveted trophy of his career in his last World Cup? Argentina's performance before the World Cup gave hope to the team's supporters that Messi would be able to. Therefore, Argentina fans sat with notebooks and pens before the match against Saudi Arabia on November 22, how many goals will Lionel Scaloni's team give to Saudi Arabia!
But the reality was different. The dream of Messi-Martinez suffered a big blow when they lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in that match. The Argentina team may have woken up after that shock. After that they did not lose any match. Everything has progressed in such a way, it seems that the script of the 2022 Qatar World Cup has been written like a master playwright! Maybe it was God's will that Messi would be presented with the most prized trophy of his career—football—in his 'last' World Cup.
If not, Messi can have the last laugh in such a thrilling final! In the final against France on 18 December at the Lucille Stadium, goals from Messi and Di Maria in the 36th minute gave Argentina a 2–0 lead. France returned to the match with Mbappe's double goals in the 80th and 81st minutes. Messi put Argentina ahead again in 108 minutes in extra time. But in the 118th minute, Mbappe scored a hat trick to equalize France again. What happened next is like a game of fate.
In the 123rd minute, Kolo Muani got the ball in front of Argentina's goal. In front of him was none other than Emiliano Martinez. Muanyi's shot was incredibly blocked by Martinez with his left foot in a situation where France would have won if he pushed the ball into the net from the side. Almost everyone called it Qatar's best save of the World Cup, some said it was the best save in World Cup history. Thinking that Muani had scored the goal, the members of the French team entered the field in excitement from the dugout. But they have to be disappointed.
The subsequent history is in favor of Argentina and Martinez. Martinez became the hero of the World Cup final by blocking a shot in the tiebreaker. Argentina won the third World Cup in their history and Messi got the most adorable title of his career! In keeping with the opening shock and the epic finale, it seemed like destiny to the country's Football Federation (AFA) on the one year anniversary of Argentina's third World Cup win yesterday.
They made a video of just under 2 minutes to congratulate Messi. There are clips of Argentina's 3 World Cup wins. At the start of the video, Argentina fans can be seen looking up at the sky, where 3 stars are shining. Which means Argentina's 3 World Cup wins. After that, various moments of three World Cup victories appeared on the screen. AFA posted the video on social media and wrote, 'It was destined to happen, it couldn't have been anything else. It was written in the sky.'