In one of the greatest World Cup finals in tournament history, Lionel Messi finally realized his ambition of winning the World Cup as Argentina won their third title on penalties.
After a magnificent match that culminated in the eagerly anticipated matchup between Kylian Mbappe of France and 35-year-old maestro Messi of Argentina, the game ended in a 4-2 Argentina victory.
The first hat-trick in a Fifa World Cup final since 1966 was scored by France's own superstar, but the team still lost at Lusail Stadium.
Argentina sailed into a two-goal lead, and Messi appeared to be securing the one major trophy still missing from his brilliant collection with ease.
All of this changed when Mbappe, who scored two goals in the final two minutes of this frenzied, wonderful duel for the ages, made an explosive intervention.
Following Ousmane Dembele's foul on Angel di Maria in the 23rd minute, Messi gave Argentina the lead from the penalty spot. He became the only player in the annals of the World Cup to score in the group stage, round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship match.
Then, 13 minutes later, Brighton's Alexis Mac Allister set up Di Maria for the second goal after he made a precise touch during a great counterattack.
Up until the very end, Argentina was unchallenged, but Mbappe gave France a chance from the penalty spot with nine minutes left before tying the score with an incredible volley seconds later.
In extra time, Messi gave Argentina the lead again, but Mbappe scored his third goal from the penalty spot two minutes before the end of the frenzied, chaotic period.
As a result, penalties were used, with the two best players scoring first. However, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez of Argentina and Aston Villa stopped Kingsley Coman before Aurelian Tchouameni missed, giving Gonzalo Montiel the chance to win the World Cup.
Messi, who had finally won the World Cup, fell to his knees in the center of the field and was surrounded by his delighted Argentina teammates.