Argentina wins the FIFA World Cup in 2022, bringing the trophy home for the first time in 36 years. Moreover, it boasts the most goals in any World Cup edition.
Argentina and France provided the most memorable final moments for FIFA World Cup 2022 fans. Mbappe scored hat trick for his side, becoming the first player in 56 years. The 23-year-old French striker has a long way to go considering that a lot of football is yet to come for him.
Lionel Messi finally gets his hands on the trophy that has eluded him for so long. The Argentine captain scored a double during the final match. This makes him the oldest player in the tournament to achieve this feat. He won one Golden Ball at each of the FIFA World Cups in 2014 and 2022.
The difference is that Argentina finished second in the 2014 edition, whereas in the current edition, the team lifted the trophy for the first time in 36 years. Every round sees his name on the scoreboard. Whether it is the number of goals or assists, Lionel is at the top in contributing to his team in the tournament.
Since 1996, his 13 goals and 8 assists have earned him the top spot.
In 1986, Maradona scored over five goals and created over twenty opportunities. Messi joins the list after his outstanding performance in the 2022 edition. His goals in the Copa America and World Cup gave him a total of 26. It is the highest total of any South American player.
Mbappe, the France player, will shortly turn 24. Even though he finished in second place, he undoubtedly scored the required eight goals, which is the magic number. This has awarded him the Golden Boot.
The French striker is ahead of James Rodriguez, Mario Kempes, and Pele with six goals each in 2014, 1978, and 1958, respectively.
In 2021 and 2022, respectively, Scaloni won the Copa America and the FIFA World Cup. Only two other people have ever seen such a rare occurrence. In 1970 and 1997, Mario Zagallo won the world cup and Copa America, respectively. In 1994 and 2004, Carlos Alberto Parreira won the world cup and Copa America, respectively.
Deschamps failed to successfully defend the trophy. The last FIFA World Cup victory for his team came in 2018. If the team had been able to score during the penalty round, it would have been a 60-year record.
Argentina was defeated in its first match against Saudi Arabia. The final tally of 2-1 saw only Messi leave a mark against Saleh and Salem. It worked well not just for the finals but also because Argentina is now the second team to successfully conclude the tournament after losing the first FIFA World Cup event to Spain in the 2010 edition.
A total of five penalty shootouts occurred in the FIFA World Cup 2022, the most in the history of the tournament.