After a coronation, a regicide, and wild, bloody chaos, Lionel Messi stood out wearing his crown at the end of it all.
Messi found his fortune in the desert, no matter what about a tide in men’s affairs leads to fortune when taken at the flood. And what was his last chance?
Kylian Mbappe did not come to praise Ceasar: his hat trick made fun of the desire of the world, sparked a terrible French performance, and elevated the match to the greatest World Cup final of modern history.
Argentina, on the other hand, kept their cool in the penalty shootout and won the war as well as the battle against France.
Gonzalo Montiel gave away the penalty that France used to tie the game in extra time, but he got his revenge right away by scoring his own penalty. As he ran away, he took off his shirt and looked into the fabric, realizing how much he had accomplished. While half of his teammates gathered around Messi in celebration and prayer, the other half joined him in the corner.
During the anthems, Kylian Mbappe smiled coolly and gave no indication of the chaos that was to ensue. Throughout the first few minutes, the rest of his teammates were jittery: Right before play, Ousmane Dembele mismanaged the ball; Theo Hernandez and Antoine Griezmann popped simple passes to Argentine players.
Argentina provided a striking contrast, tackling challenges with the fervor of a reformist while maintaining complete conviction and composure.
Their football passed through the French midfield without any friction. Their most potent weapon was not Messi at first, but Angel Di Maria, who had moved from the right wing to the left. Another brilliant move by Lionel Scaloni: Jules Kounde is a center back who has been moved to right back, but he hasn’t been shown off yet in the tournament.