After winning the first one in 2014, Lionel Messi became the first player to win two Golden Ball honours. On Sunday, he achieved his second victory at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Qatar. After announcing mid-tournament that the FIFA World Cup 2022 would be his final World Cup, Messi finished his “last dance” by defeating France and won his second Golden Ball trophy.
In Argentina’s opening game in Qatar 2022 against Saudi Arabia, the Paris Saint-Germain forward scored his first goal. Messi continued to score, including a stunning goal against Mexico and an extra-time equaliser in the championship game that sent the game into penalty shootouts.
Lionel Messi is the only athlete to have received the honour since it was first presented in 1982. Argentina won its third World Cup trophy in 2022, 36 years after the last time, making it the only nation to have won three championships and the fourth country overall to have appeared in three or more World Cups.
After Argentina’s full-time celebrations, Messi was finally given the opportunity to collect the one major prize he has yet to win. FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave the trophy to Argentina captain Lionel Messi wore a Bisht, a black and gold Qatari robe while hoisting the trophy with his teammates. According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, this was the best world cup hosted by any country in years.
Lionel Messi saved his best for last, putting his World Cup career to a close by finally winning the one big prize that had escaped him. In the end, the best player of his generation, if not all time, triumphed in probably the greatest World Cup final of all time.
We loved every bit of this event which was full of surprises and upsets.
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