The entire world is anxiously waiting for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finale to be played between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday.
Doha: The entire world is anxiously waiting for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finale to be played between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday.
This match will be a do-or-die affair for Argentine skipper Lionel Messi because this will be his last international match, and it is the last chance for the superstar to add the missing piece (the World Cup title) to his illustrious career.
After the 63 matches, Argentina and France are gearing up for the summit clash to clinch the most coveted title for the third time.
Defending champion France is looking to win back-to-back World Cups and emulate Italy and Brazil. Italy won two titles in a row in 1934 and 1938, while Brazil achieved this feat in 1958 and 1962 in the era of Pele.
Kylian Mbappe, the dangerous French forward, is the joint top scorer along with Messi in the race for the golden boot. However, Argentina’s Julian Alvarez and France’s Olivier Giroud are not far behind in the race, having scored four goals each.
Mbappe runs with the ball like a cheetah, and his counterattack mesmerises any defence. Argentina has to stop him, otherwise he may turn the match in favour of his team with ease.
The French coach Didier Deschamps lifted the trophy as player and captain in 1998. The 54-year-old is hoping to win the trophy for the second consecutive time as a coach to equal the record of Vittorio Pozzo (Italy in 1934 and 1938) as the only second coach to guide a nation to two World Cup glories.
Argentina lifted the World Cup last time in 1986, under the captaincy of Diego Maradona. Messi is set to play a record-breaking 26th World Cup match today, and he has hunger in his belly to join the Argentine great.
Messi’s inspirational run in this World Cup has increased the number of his admirers all over the world. Most of them have started comparing him with football greats like Pele, Maradona, and so on.