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In One Of The Most Dramatic Finals, Argentina Beat France 4-2 In A Shootout To Win The World Cup

In one of the most exciting World Cup finals in history, Argentina beat France 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout on Dec. 18 to win the 2022 World Cup.

In one of the most exciting World Cup finals in history, Argentina beat France 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout on Sunday Dec. 18 to win the 2022 World Cup.

Argentina was leading by 2-0 at half time, but France made an extraordinary comeback with about 10 minutes left.

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Lionel Messi of Argentina lifts the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Winner’s Trophy following the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on Dec. 18, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Shaun Botterill – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

With the teams tied 3-3 after extra time, Argentina ultimately won after France missed twice during penalties.

With the win, Lionel Messi finally achieved his lifelong dream of taking Argentina to World Cup glory.

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Lionel Messi of Argentina lifts the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Winner’s Trophy following the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on Dec. 18, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Shaun Botterill – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

This is the last World Cup for Messi, who scored twice in the final, as well as a successful penalty during the shootout.

The 35-year-old was also awarded the Golden Ball – the award for the tournament’s best player – becoming the only player in World Cup history to win it twice.

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Lionel Messi of Argentina poses with the adidas Golden Ball trophy at the award ceremony following the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on Dec. 18, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Although his team ended up on the losing side, France’s Kylian Mbappe led its spectacular comeback by scoring a hat-trick – three goals in one match – a feat that has not happened in a World Cup final since 1966.

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Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on Dec. 18, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

He ended up beating Messi for the Golden Boot – the award for the player who scored the most goals in the tournament – at eight, over Messi’s seven.

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