Argentina skipper Lionel Messi will look to win his first World Cup title, and Argentina its third, when it faces France within the last of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on the Lusail Stadium in Qatar on Sunday.
Messi has been one of many event’s finest gamers and is a number one contender for the Golden Boot with 5 objectives, joint-highest with France’s Kylian Mbappe. Nevertheless, he has three assists in comparison with Mbappe’s two, which places him on the high of the Golden Boot race.
This isn’t the primary time Messi is enjoying in a World Cup last. He reached the ultimate of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the place Argentina suffered a 1-0 defeat towards Germany.
What occurred when Messi final performed in a World Cup last?
Within the 2014 World Cup, Argentina, underneath the tutelage of the late Alejandro Sabella, completed high of Group F with three wins, earlier than beating Switzerland within the spherical of 16, Belgium within the quarter-final and the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out within the semi-final.
Argentina had one last hurdle, which got here within the type of an in-form German facet. The ultimate befell within the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Within the match, Gonzalo Higuain missed an enormous likelihood for Argentina within the first-half, whereas Benedikt Howedes did the identical for Germany did the identical simply earlier than half-time when his strike hit the put up.
Messi additionally had an opportunity to provide Argentina a lead when he was one-on-one with Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, however his shot went extensive, and the rating remained 0-0.
Within the 71st minute, Thomas Muller broke away from the Argentine backline courtesy of some fantastic build-up play with Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil. Nevertheless, he couldn’t preserve management of the ball and misplaced it to Argentina keeper Sergio Romero.
With the rating stage at 0-0, the match went to extra-time. Within the 113th minute of extra-time, Schurrle arrange Mario Gotze with a beautiful cross from the left flank. Gotze chested the ball exhibiting beautiful management, earlier than volleying the ball into the web for a late Germany lead.
Germany held to the lead and received its fourth World Cup title, breaking Argentinian hearts.
Messi’s look forward to the World Cup continued, and on the time, he was nonetheless but to win a serious worldwide trophy with Argentina.
Regardless of the ultimate loss, Messi had an excellent World Cup in 2014 and received the Golden Ball. He completed the event with 4 gold and one help.