The World Cup final between Argentina and France is rich in history as the tournament ends with a match befitting the occasion.
DOHA, Qatar – Lionel Messi’s last chance. Kylian Mbappé’s attempt to emulate Pelé. One third World Championship Title for either Argentina or France.
Sunday’s final is rich in history as the 22nd edition of the World Championship concludes in a title fight befitting the occasion.
Here are five things you should know about the finals:
DID MESSI WON A WORLD CUP? MESSI’S MOMENT
Is Lionel Messi the best footballer of all time? The debate will rage forever because there can never be a definitive answer. Some – especially younger football fans – think so, while others point to Pelé and Diego Maradona, particularly for having won the World Cup – the sport’s highest prize. Because of this, for many, Messi needs to win the World Cup to join Pelé and Maradona in the pantheon of the greatest players of all time, although deciding who is number 1, 2 and 3 is down to individual choice. The Argentines would still be split between Maradona and Messi. And there were striking similarities between them, as Messi displayed the kind of unrelenting brilliance and fighting spirit that Maradona displayed when he led the team to the title in 1986. Messi is facing his second World Cup final after being on the losing side in 2014 when he was well contained by Germany save for a chance he missed in the second half. Can he seize his chance this time in what is likely to be his last appearance on football’s biggest stage?
Mbappé may not have won club football’s greatest prize – the Champions League – but he is taking international football by storm and is just one win away from winning two World Cups by the age of 23. He can emulate Pelé’s performance in winning his first two World Championships – not only that, but he led the team as a star player. Mbappé is the latest football superstar and is leading the new wave of football talent after being dominated by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for 15 years. It will be seen as a real relay handover moment when Mbappé wins the World Cup at the expense of 35-year-old Messi.
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HOW MANY TIMES HAS ARGENTINA WON THE WORLD CUP?
Both Argentina and France want to become world champions for the third time. That would place the winning team fourth on the all-time list, behind Brazil (five), Germany and Italy (both four). Three of the German titles were won by West Germany (1954, 1974 and 1990). A win for France would cement their status as the dominant national team of this generation, with their previous titles in 1998 and 2018. Argentina won its titles in 1978 and 1986. Both countries won their first World Cup titles as hosts The competition.
Deschamps has already been world champion as a player (1998) and coach (2018), as have Brazilian Mario Zagallo and German Franz Beckenbauer. Neither Zagallo nor Beckenbauer have won it twice as coaches, although Zagallo has managed that feat twice as a player to make him a three-time career champion. So history beckons for Deschamps, who as a player was a hardworking, deep-lying midfielder – once dubbed ‘The Water Carrier’ by French player Eric Cantona for his ability to smother attacks from opponents and then simply pass the ball on to more creative players around him . Pragmatism is also key to his coaching style, with France having been known at both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for defending compactly, scoring teams at the break and being clinical at the finish. In Russia four years ago, France averaged 48% possession in games and averaged six shots per game – the second lowest at the tournament. In Qatar, France may not have been the best side, injured by injuries to key players, but they are the most efficient. “I’m not the most important person,” said Deschamps. “This is the French team.”
Four players realistically compete for the Golden Boot, the award for the top scorer at the World Cup. Among them are of course Messi and Mbappé. They have scored five goals each so far, one more than Argentina striker Julián Álvarez and France centre-forward Olivier Giroud. If two or more players are tied on points and have played the same number of games, the prize is awarded to the player with the most assists, per tournament regulations. The FIFA Technical Study Group decides what counts as a submission. Of the four contested players, Messi currently leads with three assists, one more than Mbappé. No player has scored more than six goals at a World Cup since Brazil striker Ronaldo scored eight in 2002.
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