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2022 FIFA WC final rewind: One year since Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup and completed football

The cameras panned on Lionel Messi. This was supposed to be his night, wasn’t it? The night he completed football. The fulfillment of a career that had until then possessed every trophy – team and individual – except one. But in the 81st minute the smile on Messi’s face was one of embracing the harsh reality. Was this to be another 2014? After all the dazzling showmanship he’d put up on the pitch for the entirety of the tournament, was it all going to end in vain? Had the World Cup just been snatched away from his grasps, again? Was this another harsh reality check of sport not giving two hoots about a happy ending. A few yards from him, the French players were wheeling away in celebration. Kylian Mbappe had equalized for France after Argentina had dominated the entirety of the final. ...
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‘I hate him’: With clutch extra time save and shootout antics, Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez makes France hate him for eternity

Imagine being Kolo Muani. 24 years of age, less than a dozen outings for the national team under the belt, and there you are, right in the thick of the action in a World Cup final. Seconds left until the stoppage time in extra time runs out. The score, 3-3. And then it comes, one lofted ball over the top of the defence, which sets you free with just the keeper to beat. One kick away from lifting the World Cup. Your first ever, France’s third. Most who take up to the sport crave for a moment of this magnitude to come their way. It eludes most. In the fraction of a second he had before executing the decisive kick, maybe Muani thought he wasn’t among them. To his left, stood the goal wide open. But for some reason, Muani couldn’t resist the tiny outlet open to his right. A narrower one for...
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Six jerseys worn by Lionel Messi during 2022 FIFA World Cup sold for $7.8 million

Six of the iconic jerseys worn by Argentine superstar Lionel Messi during the 2022 World Cup were sold for $7.8 million at an auction. “These historic shirts are not only a tangible reminder of one of the most important moments in the history of sports but are principally connected to the pinnacle moment in the career of the most decorated football player in history,” auction house Sotheby’s head of modern collectables Brahm Wachter said. The collection included the famed No.10 jersey worn by Messi during the World Cup final where Argentina defeated France on penalties to win the title for the third time. This makes it the third most valuable jersey sold at an auction behind Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals jersey, which sold for a record $10.1 million in 2022 and Diego Maradona’s legen...
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When Lionel Messi retires, I am sure Kylian Mbappe will win many Ballon d’Or awards: Emiliano Martinez

Argentina and Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who was in the eye of the storm due to his antics after winning the World Cup especially with his taunting of French star Kylian Mbappe, recently said that he did not target 24-year-old during the celebrations. Martinez was filmed carrying a doll with Mbappé’s face on it while standing alongside teammate Lionel Messi as Argentina paraded the trophy back home. “I held it (doll) for like two minutes and I threw it away, that’s all. How can I make fun of Mbappe? He scored four past me. Four goals in a final! He must think I am his toy baby! I have huge respect for Mbappe,” the 30-year-old said in an interview with France Football. Martinez, who also made a crude gesture after winning the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper, was al...
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Mbappe: ‘His [Emiliano Martinez’s] celebrations are not my problem, I don’t waste energy on such absurd things’

Speaking about returning to club duty and on the moments after the World Cup, Kylian Mbappe said he was ready to give it his all for PSG. “Because losing that final made me live difficult hours. That’s why I felt better when we won today and I was able to score the last goal,” he said about converting a penalty in the 2-1 win. “Because it’s not my club’s fault that we lost the world final with the French team. Now I have to give everything for PSG,” he said as quoted by El Grafico. Mbappe also recalled the moments immediately after the French loss in Qatar. “I spoke with Leo after the final to congratulate him, it was what he had been looking for all his life. Me too, but I failed,” revealed the top scorer of Qatar 2022 about his interaction with Messi after the Final. Argentine goa...
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‘Martinez biggest son of a b***** in football’; ‘Go cry somewhere else’: France’s Adil Rami and Argentina’s Angel Di Maria in war of words over Emiliano Martinez

Even after a week of Argentina’s triumph over France in the 2022 World Cup final, the hostility between the players of both camps refuses to die down. And the man in the centre of it has been Argentine shot stopper Emiliano Martinez whose antics after winning have put him directly in the line of fire. While other footballing personalities have criticised Martinez for his endless mocking of France’s Kylian Mbappe, his Argentina cohorts have been quick to come to his defence. A row recently erupted between 2018 World Cup winner Adil Rami and Argentina’s Angel Di Maria after the former had stated on an Instagram story that read, “The biggest son of a (b****) in football. The most hated man,” according to The Daily Mail. To this, Di Maria would respond with,” ‘El Dibu (Martinez) is the best...
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‘French didn’t mention this’ – referee hits back in criticism over Argentina goal | Football News – Times of India

The World Cup final ended nearly a week ago but the drama around it continued as the match referee showed a photo on his phone during a news conference to respond to claims that Lionel Messi's extra-time goal should not have stood.Argentina won the final in Lusail, Qatar 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 3-3 following 120 minutes of action, with Messi scoring twice and Kylian Mbappe bagging a hat-trick for France.Szymon Marciniak, the first referee from Poland to officiate a World Cup final, faced criticism from French media that he should have chalked off Messi's extra-time goal because two Argentina substitutes appeared to enter the pitch before the ball went into the net.French newspaper L'Equipe mentioned the International Football Association Board's Law 3, paragraph 9, which ...
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Argentinian fans mock Mbappe by burning coffin with his picture on it

Not just Emiliano Martinez who has been trolling France Kylian Mbappe with his songs in change room and during the celebratory bus ride in Buenos Aires, but it turns out that the Argentinian fans too have had their version. A viral video shared on social media showed a group of fans holding up a coffin which contained a cross and a picture of Mbappe. It was set alight as fans jumped up and down and chanted. The clip was posted by Get French Football news, with the caption: “Argentinians with a lovely 24th birthday present for Kylian Mbappé here.” Argentinians with a lovely 24th birthday present for Kylian Mbappé here. pic.twitter.com/4U5JNOQWHK — Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 20, 2022 2018 France celebrations videos dug up with Messi reference Argentina’s goalkeeper Emil...
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Jubilant welcome for French team on FIFA World Cup return | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: Supporters packed a square in central Paris on Monday to give a rousing welcome to the French football team despite their loss to Argentina in a nail-biting World Cup final. Fans filled the Place de la Concorde in central Paris to welcome the team who were driven straight to the square from the airport after touching down from Qatar. They appeared on the balcony of the Crillon Hotel overlooking the square to a rousing welcome, AFP correspondents said. Despite their disappointment, all 24 French players, including striker Kylian Mbappe whose hat trick failed to bring France glory, appeared on the balcony in regal style to acknowledge the applause. "Frankly, it's magnificent, it warms the heart, it's a great pleasure to see that we were able to make so many French people proud and ...
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Argentina to celebrate World Cup victory at Buenos Aires’ Obelisk

Argentina’s national team will celebrate their World Cup triumph on Tuesday in Buenos Aires at the Obelisk, the monument that is the traditional epicentre of sporting celebrations, the federation said on Monday. “The world champion squad will leave on Tuesday at noon for the Obelisk to celebrate the world title with the fans,” the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on its official Twitter account. The national team, who beat France on Sunday, will arrive in the country in the early hours of Tuesday on a state airline flight and spend the night at the federation’s training centre located near the airport, according to local media reports. El plantel CAMPEÓN DEL MUNDO 🏆 partirá el martes al mediodía hacia el obelisco para festejar el título mundial con los hinchas. ¡Sí, somos CAM...
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Drama specialists Argentina deserve their FIFA World Cup title | Football News – Times of India

LUSAIL (Qatar): Sunday's FIFA World Cup final turned from a one-sided affair into a nerve-racking vintage showdown and it was somehow fitting that footballing diva Argentina prevailed over France amid the drama. Tears flowed at Lusail stadium when Gonzalo Montiel buried the winning penalty for a 4-2 shootout victory after Kylian Mbappe's hat-trick had dragged France back into the contest twice following Angel Di Maria's opener and Lionel Messi's double. Argentine, somehow, were ready for an emotional, nail-biting encounter, having already gone through a dress rehearsal in the same stadium against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. Leading 2-0 after 73 minutes, they were forced into extra time after Wout Weghorst's late double, but instead of collapsing after the Dutch substitute's e...
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Lionel Messi: ‘Career nearly over but want to experience playing as world champion’ | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: Argentina star Lionel Messi on Sunday vowed to continue playing for his country despite finally realising his lifetime ambition of winning the World Cup. "I want to keep experiencing a few more matches as world champion," Messi, 35, told Argentine television following the country's epic penalty shoot-out victory over France in the World Cup final in Doha. But Messi admitted his career was almost finished after the Argentina captain landed the one major international trophy missing from his collection. The Paris Saint-Germain forward scored two goals in the stunning and chaotic final that ended 3-3 after 120 absorbing minutes, before the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner netted his spot-kick in the shoot-out that Argentina won 4-2. "Obviously I would like to end my career with this, I ...
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Watch: Ravi Shastri does impromptu commentary for FIFA World Cup final from the stands | Football News – Times of India

Former India cricket captain and Head Coach Ravi Shastri's 'tracer bullet' commentary switched loyalties for a one-off occasion from cricket to football on Sunday. Shastri, who was in Qatar for the final, burst into an impromptu commentary stint for a few minutes from the stands. In a video tweeted by Shastri himself, he can be heard narrating the scenes at the Lusail Stadium when Argentina were awarded a penalty and Lionel Messi stepped up to convert it from the spot and put his team ahead 1-0. GOOOOOAL ! #Messi𓃵 #FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 #ArgentinaVsFrance https://t.co/dbq5F3J7o0— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 1671377355000Messi went on to win the ultimate prize in his fifth World Cup appearance but only after France came agonisingly close to defending the title by first equalising 2-...
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Lionel Messi: The greatest of all time? | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: For his legions of admirers, the debate about Lionel Messi's right to be regarded as the greatest footballer in history is officially over. The absence of a World Cup winners' medal has long been Exhibit A in the argument about why Messi does not rank above Pele and Diego Maradona in football's pantheon. But with Argentina's victory over France in Sunday's jaw-dropping World Cup final in Doha, the case against the 35-year-old maestro is now surely closed. In a glittering career that has spanned three decades, Messi has won 37 club trophies, seven Ballon D'Or awards and six European Golden Boots. There has been a Copa America title, an Olympic gold medal and a list of scoring and statistical records that may never be beaten. The only remaining gap on Messi's CV -- a World Cup victo...
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We had to suffer to win the World Cup say Argentina players

Argentina were made to suffer before landing their first World Cup title in 36 years, having twice squandered a lead, including in extra-time before edging past defending champions France 4-2 on penalties in the final on Sunday. “It was a game where we suffered,” said Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who saved one penalty in the shootout on Sunday but had also saved two more spot kicks in their quarter-final against Netherlands. On a night of high drama and fluctuating fortunes, Argentina squandered a 2-0 lead in regular time before going back in front in extra-time with Lionel Messi’s second goal. But then Kylian Mbappe completed his hat-trick to level 3-3 in the 118th minute with France’s second penalty that forced the shootout. “Two crappy shots and they (France) levelled. The...
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Argentina’s route to title explained | Football News – Times of India

Argentina won their third World Cup trophy after the final in Qatar on Sunday. Here is what you need to know about their route to the title: HOW DID ARGENTINA QUALIFY FOR THE ROUND OF 16?* The top two in each World Cup group advance to the last 16. The knockout rounds, which began on Dec. 3, feature one-off matches, which can go to extra time and penalties to decide the winners. * Argentina recovered from their shock defeat to Saudi Arabia with back-to-back wins over Mexico and Poland to finish as winners of Group C. HOW DID ARGENTINA REACH THE QUARTER-FINALS?* Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez scored in Argentina's 2-1 win over Australia in their Round of 16 tie. HOW DID ARGENTINA REACH THE SEMI-FINALS?* Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shootout in their quarter-final tie,...
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Qatar’s 2022 World Cup ends with modest ceremony, titans clash | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: Tens of thousands of soccer fans wearing French and Argentinian colours gathered at Doha's Lusail stadium on Sunday where the 2022 World Cup ends with a dream-like scenario for Qatar: a showdown between Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, both stars of Doha-owned Paris St Germain. The throngs overcrowded Doha's metro with Qatar Rail delaying access to the stations as a modest closing ceremony kicked off inside the stadium where dancers celebrated "A Night to Remember". The stadium appeared almost full as the game started, with Argentinian fans vastly outnumbering the French. The crowd watched Qatar's air force planes flying over Lusail as the Gulf state also celebrated its national day, with thousands of police forces, including anti-riot units armed with water canons, securing the ar...