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Lionel Messi and co look to repeat Diego Maradona’s feat from 1986, when he led his nation to the World Cup. It was the last time the South American nation lifted the trophy and although Lionel Messi came close to winning it in 2014, he had to return empty-handed. Can he do it today?
Messi and co are playing Argentina’s sixth-ever World Cup final against France, the defending champions of the 2018 edition in Russia. It is a contest of equals and so close are the numbers that Messi is the joint top scorer in the tournament alongside France’s Kylian Mbappe – his club teammate at PSG.
Messi has been in excellent form lately and he either scored or assisted in all of Argentina’s knockout stage matches. The nation in blue and white will hope he shines yet again today, ending their 38-year-long wait for football’s highest glory.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has already announced that the Qatar World Cup will be his last. He is 35 years old now, and by the time the next World Cup starts, he probably would have retired from international football.
France are in great shape with their star forward Mbappe putting up a bright show. Although key players like Paul Pogba, N’golo Kante, and Karim Benzema are out with injuries, their replacements Rabiot, Tchouemni, and Olivier Giroud have produced an excellent performances throughout the tournament.