The World Cup 2022 Final was one of the most entertaining finals in the tournament’s 92-year history and was played in Qatar. The game was full of goals, drama, and controversy, with Argentina winning 4-2 on penalties over France to claim their second World Cup title.
While many fans were disappointed with the result, and some felt that France was not given a fair chance to win the game, others were impressed by how entertaining it was for 120 minutes.
So what are some important lessons we can take from this final?
Messi: The GOAT
The debate over who is the greatest of all time will likely rage on for years to come, but one thing is certain: Lionel Messi has cemented his place as the best player in the world with his latest World Cup triumph.
Messi has had an exemplary career and is one of the best players in the world. However, he’s always been the second-best to Cristiano Ronaldo in winning trophies at the highest level.
With this latest World Cup trophy under his belt and some impressive individual performances throughout the tournament, Messi has added another title to his collection: GOAT.
His trophy cabinet includes seven Ballon d’Or, 11 domestic league titles, and four UEFA Champions League titles in a career spanning 793 goals across 1003 appearances.
Is Mbappe the Next Messi or Ronaldo?
The next World Cup will see an informed and mature Mbappe set to ablaze the world. At just 23, Kylian Mbappe has already left his mark on footballing history as one of the most exciting players to watch. He is fast becoming one of the most prolific goal scorers in modern football history.
Mbappe scored a hat trick in the final while taking home the Golden Boot award and notching up four assists throughout the tournament, but it was his remarkable performance earned him plaudits from all quarters.
He might have lost the 2022 World Cup final for France, but his exemplary performance did not go unnoticed. The comparisons between Messi and Ronaldo are already starting to pour in, and there is no doubt that we will see more of Kylian Mbappe over the coming years.
Change of Old Guard?
The World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar was a game of two halves. The first 78 minutes saw France look second-best to Argentina as they were outclassed and outplayed in all areas of the pitch. But then, France’s substitutes came on and changed the game completely.
For the last 20 minutes, it was almost like watching a different team, with players like Randal Kolo Muani and Eduardo Camavinga coming on as substitutes to add much-needed creativity to their attack. Youssouf Fofana also made an impact after coming on as well.
It is sad to see Olivier Giroud, Antoinne Griezzman, and Raphael Varane exit the squad, but France’s future is safe. With players like Kylian Mbappe leading the line, we expect great things from Les Bleus in 2022 and beyond!