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Argentina crowned FIFA World Cup champions after thrilling final

Argentina crowned FIFA World Cup champions after thrilling final

Lionel Messi bagged the Golden Ball award, while France’s Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boot accolade

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Argentina crowned FIFA World Cup champions in thrilling final

The final match of the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup was one for the history books, with Argentina crowned as champions.

In a gritty contest not scripted for the faint of heart, the Lionel Messi-led team beat France in a penalty shootout.

The odds were favouring Argentina from the word go, with Messi scoring the first goal on a penalty, and Angel Di Maria converting a brilliant passing move into the team’s second goal before half-time.

This was followed by two goals from France’s Kylian Mbappe, trailed by a third from Messi in extra time. Mbappe’s brilliant third strike levelled France with Argentina again. The match went down to the wire, with the South American team routing defending champions on penalties 4-2.

As for individual accolades, Mbappe walked away with the Golden Boot award, being the tournament’s highest goal scorer with eight strikes.

Messi not only lifted the trophy but also bagged the Golden Ball accolade.

Qatar National Day

Today’s match coincided with host country Qatar’s National Day.

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UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan took to Twitter to congratulate the Emir of Qatar and its people.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, also send a congratulatory message.

“We congratulate His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the brotherly Qatari people on their glorious National Day, which coincides with the World Cup final,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter.

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