Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been awarded the Player of the Tournament having led his nation to a 3rd World Cup triumph.
Messi was instrumental in Argentina’s run to the ultimate, scoring seven objectives alongside the best way in addition to three assists.
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And the skipper was at his greatest as soon as once more within the closing with two objectives and a significant half within the build-up to Argentina’s second.
His first got here from the spot after Angel Di Maria was fouled within the field by France’s Ousmane Dembele, sending Hugo Lloris the fallacious means.
For Argentina’s second, Messi then performed midfielder Alexis Mac Allister into house with a deft flick because the Brighton star drove ahead and slipped in Di Maria who coolly slotted previous Lloris.
Messi threatened to attain the winner late in common time when his strike from vary stung the palms of Lloris as the sport went to extra-time.
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But there was nothing the French gloveman might do to cease Messi’s second purpose of the sport, as Messi was completely positioned to smash dwelling the rebound after Lloris had saved Lautaro Martinez’s preliminary effort.
When it got here to the penalty shootout, Messi stepped up first and proved he had ice in his veins after taking his time earlier than scoring previous Lloris for a 3rd time.
Messi’s efficiency within the closing capped off what had been an epic event for the celebrity.
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Not solely that, however his Golden Ball award for greatest participant on the World Cup was his second after his 2014 exploits, making him the one participant in historical past to have gained the accolade twice.
Messi’s award accomplished a near-clean sweep of particular person prizes in Qatar, as Argentina shotstopper Emiliano Martinez gained the Golden Glove for the very best goalkeeper whereas 21-year-old midfielder Enzo Fernandez gained the Young Player of the Tournament.
The skipper fell simply in need of securing the Golden Boot, dropping out to Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe who completed one purpose forward with a tally of eight, because of a hat-trick within the closing.
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