Messi wins World Cup, Argentina beats France on penalties

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Dec 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-18 13:22:02-05

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi finally won the biggest prize in soccer as Argentina beat France 4-2 in a penalty shootout to claim a third World Cup title despite Kylian Mbappé scoring the first hat trick in a final in 56 years.

Gonzalo Montiel scored the clinching penalty as Argentina won after a 3-3 draw. Lionel Messi’s once-in-a-generation career is complete now that he is finally a World Cup champion.

Messi is definitively in the pantheon of soccer’s greatest ever players alongside Pelé and Diego Maradona.