Lionel Messi (Argentina) decorated the perfect finale. His own final World Cup was crowned with a victory.
Argentina, led by coach Lionel Scaloni, won the 2022 Qatar World Cup final against France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on the 19th (Korean time) after a close penalty shootout. The two teams were tied 3-3 until overtime. Argentina’s back feeling was better. They laughed 4-2 in the penalty shootout. Argentina has risen to the top of the World Cup for the first time in 36 years since Mexico in 1986. He won his third career championship.
Argentina’s center was, of course, Messi. Messi first stepped on the World Cup stage in Germany in 2006 at the age of 18. But for him, the World Cup stage was always tearful. In the 2006 tournament in Germany and the 2010 tournament in South Africa, he reached the quarterfinals. In the 2014 tournament in Brazil, he reached the final, but finished runner-up to Germany. Four years ago, in the Russian tournament, he was eliminated in the round of 16. Ahead of this tournament, Messi said, “I know this is a special moment. I took care of myself and prepared as if I had done all my career. Perhaps it will be my last World Cup, my last chance to realize my great dream.”
The first opponent of the great journey was Saudi Arabia. The start wasn’t bad. Argentina was awarded a penalty kick for an opponent’s foul. Messi stepped up as the kicker and calmly completed the goal. However, Argentina lost 1-2 like a lie.
It seemed to shake. Argentina did not break. Mexico (2-0 win)-Poland (2-0 win) lined up and joined the tournament. They beat Australia 2-1 in the round of 16. The crisis was in the quarterfinals. Argentina took a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands. However, they conceded two goals in a row to the Netherlands. After a close match that went to the penalty shootout, they advanced to the semifinals. got the mood They beat Croatia 3-0 in the semifinals. In the finals, they captured the ‘defending champion’ France.
Messi broke various records. He recorded his 5th assist in the World Cup tournament alone, surpassing the record for most assists in the tournament (4) held by ‘Soccer Emperor’ Pele (Brazil).
The highlight was the final. He played his 26th match in his five World Cups. He beat Lothar Matheus (Germany, 25 times) and recorded the most appearances in the World Cup. He also recorded the longest appearance, surpassing Paolo Maldini (Italy, 2217 minutes). 토토사이트
Messi opened the scoring against France. In the 23rd minute of the first half when the game was tight at 0-0, he took the penalty kick from an opponent’s foul. calmly succeeded. He once again ‘taste the goal’ at the most important moment. He scored the winning goal in the 3rd minute of extra time when the score was 2-2. 7th goal in this tournament. With this, Messi recorded 13 goals and 8 assists in five World Cups, ranking first in the most attack points. It surpassed Miroslav Klose (Germany, 16 goals – 3 assists), Ronaldo (Brazil, 15 goals – 4 assists), and Gerd Müller (Germany, 14 goals – 5 assists).
Messi became the first player in history to win the World Cup, Olympics, European Champions League (UCL) and Ballon d’Or. Messi shines with seven Ballon d’Or awards (2009-2012, 2015, 2019, 2021). He also climbed to the top of the UCL four times. He won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He solved his last puzzle, this time he won the World Cup.