A12 years later, fragmented schedules and a geopolitical vortex; After death and ghosts and suffering; After armbands, strong power, Davos in the desert vibration; After 64 games from Qatar 2022 World CupThe Lusail Stadium was full of sportsmanship.

This was the ultimate FIFA World Cup final. It was also a third World Cup victory. ArgentinaIn a dramatic 3-3 draw, they beat France on penalties.

More than that, he was sort of the crown jewel, late, of the greatest footballer of his era, perhaps of any age, driving a 35-year-old mobile mind. Lionel MessiA thousand games in his amazing career.

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This was a game that seemed to be lost at least four times over 120 minutes, and there was emotional pressure in the final kicks of the tournament. Here too there was a twist. This World Cup finals is supposed to come down to a Messi-Kylian Mbappe dynasty arm wrestle. In many ways it did. Mbappe scored the first hat-trick in a Men’s World Cup final since Geoff Hurst in 1966 and still lost.

But the game went back to the good old days at the time of death Rashkal The game was played by Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, who took the ball out and pushed on the French balls, each unsuccessful shot knocking himself to the ground and at one point having to be cleared by the referee. .

Messi was buried in a blue-and-white knot in the center circle before the night dissolved into a wave of static as Gonzalo Montiel’s winning shot rolled into the net.

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He eventually breaks free, waving both arms, as a cameraman, alone in the chaos, shoots the money he bought. In the end, how fitting that celebrating the World Cup the way Messi won it is going around on its own.

This was in many ways the story of the Messiah. Messi scored six goals in Qatar 2022 and won the Ballon d’Or as the best player. He has played with some of the greatest football players on earth. He did all this at the age of 35 and partially injured. This is not normal. To a certain extent, he begins to stretch the boundaries of trust.

He is also part of the broader history of this $7 billion profit sport. It was his employer who gave Messi the robe worn by the Emir of Qatar when he was presented with the World Cup trophy.

Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy.
Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy. Photo: Carl Racine/Reuters

You get what you pay for, and Qatar got it right here. Not only paying for the World Cup, but for the players who might be on the stage at the end: Messi, Mbappe, among the ambassadors of Qatar sports investments paid for, you have to appreciate the depth of the design that we only pay for the World Cup. Confusing terms with Paris Saint-Germain. Here’s the real thing: a fully encrypted end-to-end sports wash. It’s an incredible feat of passion.

But there is the paradox of Messi winning this divisive and physically brutal World Cup. There have always been two World Cups in Qatar 2022. First, Qatar is built on human waste, a mirror image of the world’s labor market, which not only attracts large-scale sports, but also imports migrant workers. Profitable close-capture; A system that Qatar did not create is simply composed of manic high efficiency.

Then another World Cup, a spectacle that brings excitement and drama, and collective emotion; And Messi’s brilliance has made him one of the greatest sports stories.

He excelled throughout the game. From the beginning the colors were perfect. The deep blue of France, the Albiceleste of Argentina, the lime-green grass, the cool white stadium lights. The opening five minutes of any Messi performance have been the subject of much discussion in recent weeks. Messi spends five minutes watching these.

He did it here. He scans, he makes panoramas, he walks, he scans his opponents. And Messi’s walk is not really a walk. He is thinking. Walking is the rapid movement of the eye, the spinning disc as it breaks the code. Messi walks three miles a game. He doesn’t do this to up the ante.

And from the start Argentina were more fluid than ever as Angel Di Maria provided another cut-back point down the left. It felt a little strange. Messi was almost too involved. This is supposed to be World Cup moments. Don’t waste it. Keep it carefully. Wait until it blooms.

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Hurst pays tribute when Mbappe joins the hat-trick club


It’s been 56 years and countless records – but Kylian Mbappé has finally ended Sir Geoff Hurst’s reign as the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. The Paris Saint-Germain forward scored a free kick in the 79th minute and 97 seconds later, he cleared the ball and scored another penalty in added time to convert the game. But he still ended up on the losing side.

In England’s 1966 win over West Germany, two of Hurst’s goals came in added time, including the second, which bounced off the bar and over the line. ITV Scotland’s co-commentator Ali McCoist of last night’s final in Qatar said Mbappe’s display “made him the first man to score a hat-trick in all three World Cup finals”.

Sir Geoff, meanwhile, tweeted after Mbappé scored the third: “Many congratulations to Mbappé, no matter what… I had a great run!” David Hills

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Messi duly scored the opening goal made by Di Maria. The second was a fantastic team goal for Argentina. Messi had a hand at the start, an excellent 45-degree pass. Di Maria finished masterfully, then sort of collapsed, drunk on the glory, the noise, the place, the light.

Didier Deschamps tore up the attack. France A little bit on the game. And so the twists began. Mbappe made it 2-1 on 80 minutes, then 2-2 with a clean finish. In the VVIP boxes, Emmanuel Macron “comes out together”, the intellectual president of the republic, jumping and squealing like a startled goose.

Argentina was gone. The group that seemed to be on their way to glory like cute schoolboys seemed ruined, lost, finished. Then Argentina came back with Messi’s goal again and Mbappe equalized from the spot. Then came punishments and a final grace period.

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