Lionel Messi’s Argentina wins World Cup after beating France on penalties

Lionel Messi’s wait for World Cup glory is finally over after Argentina beat France in a dramatic penalty shootout on Sunday.

It was a final for the ages, with momentum swinging both ways throughout a pulsating 120 minutes before Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning penalty after the game had finished 3-3 after extra time.

Messi, playing in his fifth and final World Cup, scored twice but France’s Kylian Mbappé netted a stunning hattrick the first in a final since 1966 as both superstars brilliantly slugged it out on the biggest stage of all.

After winning seven Ballon d’Ors, lifting 38 trophies and playing over 1,000 games in his career, the World Cup was the only title missing from Messi’s collection.

It’s fitting, perhaps, that the 35-year-old clinched that elusive title in such a remarkable game.

He’s now matched his hero Diego Maradona, who guided Argentina to the World Cup 36 years ago, and further staked his claim as the greatest player in history.

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