Doha: When Argentina and former champions France face each other in the Qatar World Cup final, not only will everyone’s attention be focused on Lionel Messi, everyone will also be eager to see if he can bring Argentina the title for the third time.
The 35-year-old Messi will play a record 26th game in the World Cup on Sunday night at Lucelle Stadium and try to lead Argentina to the title for the second time. In the 2014 World Cup, Argentina also played in the final under the captaincy of Messi. However, in the World Cup, Argentina was shocked by a 1-0 goal in extra time against Germany. In the 2018 World Cup, Argentina was eliminated from the last 16. Argentina returned home early after losing 4-3 to France.
France, who won the World Cup in 2018, is aiming to win the World Cup title for the third time.
After being shocked by Asian rival Saudi Arabia in the first match, Argentina has been performing well since then. Messi has been inspiring in all the matches of the World Cup. Argentina’s title will also be focused on how he will perform against former champions France. Argentina are looking to avenge a bitter defeat four years ago, while France are looking to win their second title in a row.
If we look at past performances, Argentina has been dominating against France. In the 12 matches so far, Argentina has managed to win 6 matches. France has managed to win only three matches. In the three times they have faced each other in the World Cup, France has suffered two bitter defeats. However, Didier Deschamps is confident that France will win the title due to defeating Argentina in a competitive match four years ago.
Captain Messi wants to end his playing career on a happy note by giving Argentina the Qatar World Cup title.
Argentina have won seven knockout matches at the World Cup. Argentina are on course to become the third team to win more knockout games after Brazil in 1962 and Italy in 1938. Similarly, Hugo Lloris is planning to become the first captain to lift the World Cup trophy consecutively, while Deschamps is also aiming to become the first coach since Vittorio Pozo in the 1930s to win the title.
Argentina and France are going head-to-head with the goal of winning the title for the third time. France is the team that entered the final of the World Cup for the second time in a row. France, who won the World Cup in 2018, is aiming to win the World Cup title for the third time. France won the World Cup for the first time in 1998.
Argentina also wants to win the World Cup for the third time. Argentina, who won the title for the first time in 1978, took home the trophy for the second time in 1986. Since then, Argentina has not won the title for the last 36 years. Therefore, captain Messi wants to end his playing career happily by giving Argentina the Qatar World Cup title. Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward Messi has achieved success everywhere in club football. However, he has not been able to make significant achievements for the country.
France’s Ousmane Dembele says he will leave no stone unturned to win the title. “We have reached the finals of the Qatar World Cup. “We will leave no stone unturned to give France the title”, says Dembele, “We want to win the World Cup and we are eager to add a third ‘star’ to the jersey.” It would be great if Messi could lift the World Cup trophy. He also had a happy farewell. However, we will make every effort to win the title. We will not allow Messi to succeed.
He said that the desire of all players is to win the World Cup and said that Messi also has the same desire. Winning the World Cup is every player’s dream. Messi can also dream of winning the World Cup under his captaincy. However, not everyone’s dreams come true’, says Dembele, ‘we also want to give France the title. I believe that we will win the World Cup this time.
Messi is also the main contender for the Golden Boot. He has scored five goals in the ongoing World Cup. From 2006 to 2022, he played five consecutive World Cups and scored 11 goals. In the final match against France, Messi is also making another record.
He will hold the record of the player who has played the most matches in the World Cup. Earlier, Germany’s Lothar Matthaus set a record by playing 25 matches in the World Cup. Messi equaled Lowther’s record in the semi-final match against Croatia. Now, with the match against France, he will reach 26 matches in the World Cup.
Two teams in the past
Total games: 12
Argentina win: 6
France win: 3