A month play of 64 games with 32 competing teams ends with Argentina lifting the most coveted trophy after 36 years since they last did. This had the usual fairytale ending, and ‘Messi lived happily ever after’.
Qatar ’22 finals in Doha presented a complete package of football playtime; from 90mins plus extra time with additional 30 minutes of extra time to penalty shootout. Characterised with the thrills, drama and suspense one can ever experience from a football finals. All in an attempt to break the ties of a 3-3 draw game.
The equalising hattrick goals from France’s Golden Boot Awardee, Kylian Mbappe put Messi’s Argentina and most bidded to win in an almost impossible win. France gave Argentina a good run for the trophy but could not outrun them in the play of penalty shootout.
A 4-2 victory set the Argentines in an euphoric mood. Captain of Argentina, Lionel Messi aside winning the Golden Ball of the tournament, completes his series of lifting trophies from various tournaments with the historic win of lifting the 2022 FIFA world cup. His colleagues, the Argentine goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez and Enzo Fernandez won the Golden Glove award and FIFA young player award respectively.
Nonetheless, Croatia secured a third place spot after a 2-1 win against Morroco. Next four years will have the teams expanding from 32 to 48 competing teams in U.S.A, Canada and Mexico.