The World Cup final between Argentina and France will go down as one of the greatest in the history of the tournament.
Likewise, the star players of this final, Lionel Messi for Argentina and Kylian Mbappe for France, put on the performance of a lifetime. The former scored two goals, including a go-ahead goal in the 108th minute.
Yet every goal was answered in kind from Mbappe, who scored in the 80th and 82nd to lead France back from a 2-0 deficit. He again answered in the second stoppage period, capitalizing on a penalty kick to tie the game 3-3, ultimately sending the game to penalty kicks.
Naturally, both Messi and Mbappe opened their respective teams’ PKs with goals. But it ultimately was Argentina that won the World Cup with a 4-2 advantage in the final stage of the game, giving Messi his first-ever World Cup victory in the most exciting way possible.
The spectacle of the World Cup final, coupled with the amazing performances by Messi and Mbappe, naturally led to a frenzy of reactions from the sports world.
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The Sporting News has the all the best reactions from the incredible World Cup final:
Sports world react to Lionel Messi, Argentina World Cup
Messi’s transformation to goat is complete.
None of that creepy in-between James McAvoy stuff…
— Ted Lasso (@TedLasso) December 18, 2022
Yeah minus Messi scoring the final kick part, pretty spot on I’d say https://t.co/CIi6JxaUvX
— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) December 18, 2022
WOW!! 🐐 MESSI ! pic.twitter.com/f88UbNXQmP
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) December 18, 2022
MESSI IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 18, 2022
MESSI the 🐐!
— James Harden (@JHarden13) December 18, 2022