Many Winners in this World Cup

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Many Winners in this World Cup
Sunday’s final between France and Argentina was a classic showpiece.
In my opinion, in probably the wildest final in the tournament’s 92-year history, Argentina won its third World Cup title by beating France 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw.
Messi And Mbappe
It featured two goals from the 35-year-old Lionel Messi and an unusual hat-trick by his 23-year-old heir apparent, France striker Kylian Mbappé.

"Qatar has truly proved its critics wrong. A small state that is capable of successfully organising the world’s biggest sporting event, after umpteen setbacks on and off the field. Just unbelievable."

For Messi, it’s more than a dream come true. He’s now the youngest (18 years 357 days against Serbia & Montenegro in 2006) and the oldest (35 years 155 days against Mexico) player to score and assist in a single World Cup since 1966. Little wonder, he was voted the best player in Qatar.
Former Malaysia Cup striker Simon Fernandez, 68, hails Messi as “someone close to impossible to match”. He added: “My generation can’t compare him to (Diego) Maradona because Messi is simply extraordinary”.
Third Triumph
This was Argentina’s third World Cup triumph and the first since Maradona won it for them 36 years ago in 1986 in Mexico.
After nearly a month of action filled with exemplary surprises and stunners across 64 games, 172 goals and the dramatic final completed, you just shake your head in disbelief.
Just look at the statistics:
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Golden Boot Winner 2022: Kylian Mbappe (France) - 8 goals in 7 matches
Golden Ball Winner 2022
(Player of the Tournament):
Lionel Messi (Argentina) - 7 goals and 3 assists in 7 matches
Golden Glove Winner 2022: Emiliano Martinez (Argentina)
FIFA Young Player Award: Enzo Fernandes (Argentina)
FIFA Fairplay Award: England
Total Goals Scored: 172
Fastest Goal of Qatar 2022: 2nd Minute - Alphonso Davies for Canada vs Croatia
Most Goals Scored: France (16 goals) in 7 matches
Least Goals Scored: Belgium, Denmark, Qatar, Tunisia, Wales (1 goal)
Best Defence: Tunisia (1 goal conceded) in 3 matches
Worst Defence: Costa Rica (11 goals conceded) in 3 matches
Hat-tricks: 2 - Goncalo Ramos (Portugal) vs Switzerland, Kylian Mbappe (France) vs Argentina.
Morocco Magic
In my opinion, if there is one team that has truly upset the calculations of pundits, bookmakers and fans alike, it is Morocco.
As if beating Belgium 2-0 and drawing with Croatia 0-0 was not enough, they went on to beat Spain on penalties in the round of 16 and then shocked Portugal 1-0 in the quarterfinal to become the first African nation to make it to the semi-final.
In the final analysis, it has truly been a fan-centric and inclusive tournament that has appealed to all types of fans from different backgrounds.
The stadiums have been fantastic and fan-friendly. Not to mention the fact that fans have been able to watch multiple matches during the same day, something unheard of in the past editions of the World Cup.
Hats off to Qatar, having hosted the world’s first desert-terrained World Cup, something thought unimaginable, by most of the footballing world.

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