Argentina already have their third star. The national team coached by Lionel Scaloni conquered the World Cup title after beating France in a final that will go down in history. A final that left us several outstanding characters where of course Leo Messi and Kylian Mbappé stood out the most. Both players shined their own light during the 120 minutes of the game, as they both led their teams.
In the case of Leo, he scored a historical brace in a World Cup final, but he also allowed his team to play properly throughout the entire game. He was the main reason for the Argentinian superiority over France for the most part of the game. Furthermore, he scored his penalty on the penalty shootout.
Kylian went even beyond numbers wise, as he scored a Hat Trick at the most important game of his career. He was clearly the best player of his team and became unstoppable from the 80th minute on for any Argentinian defender. He showed up when his team needed him the most and also scored all his penalties.
But Leo Messi and Kylian Mbappé were not the only players that stood out, as Emiliano Martínez and Ranald Kolo Muani also shined by their own. Keeper ‘El Dibu’ saved Argentina from the defeat in the extra time (123rd minute) through an astonishing save with his feet that prevented the Frenchman player from scoring the winner. Furthermore, he became a giant in the penalty shootout and saved Coman’s throw and provoked Tchouameni’s miss.
Coming back to Kolo Muani. His substitution changed the course of the game. His height, speed and strength allowed France to play a more direct football style and to enjoy of scoring chances thanks to his addition. He had the opportunity to become the national hero if he had been able to beat Emiliano Martínez in the last action of the game, but the keeper saved the shot. At least he scored his penalty in the shootout.
But football proved us once again that it always provides you with a second chance, and so you can ask Gonzalo Montiel. The player for Sevilla FC went on the field to play the extra time and provide his team with more energy. However, a shot from Mbappé found his hand and the referee called a penalty only four minutes away from the final whistle and with Argentina leading on the scoreboard. Of course, Mbappé did not waste it.
But Montiel bounced back and he assumed the responsibility to take the fourth penalty. Casually, the misses from Coman and Tchouameni made Montiel to give his team the win if he scored, and so he did. He deceived keeper Lloris to make 46 million Argentinians go crazy.
All in all, it is clear that everything that we experienced last Sunday is already part of the history of this sport and we will need time to process everything that left us what is already considered by many as the best World Cup final ever.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
Main image: @Argentina.