Argentina, captained by Lionel Messi, won the 2022 FIFA World Cup after a thrilling victory against Kylian Mbappe’s France on penalties. The game ended 3-3 after 120 minutes when Messi netted a brace and Mbappé scored a hat-trick.
Mbappé’s hat-trick meant he finished the tournament with eight goals, making him the Golden Boot winner.
The Benfica star, Enzo Fernández, had a stellar tournament. The 21-year-old was recognized for his efforts by winning the young player of the tournament award.
Emiliano Martínez was solid as a rock between the sticks of La Albceleste throughout the course of the tournament. Martinez’s exploits in penalty shootouts against the Netherlands and France showcased his character. He won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award for his outstanding performances.
Lionel Messi was phenomenal throughout the tournament. He was duly awarded the Ballon d’Or award for being the best player of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This is the second time Messi has won the Ballon d’Or. While 2014 ended in agony for Messi, in 2022 it was just ecstasy.
Here is the full list of individual prize winners for the World Cup:
Young Player of the Tournament: Enzo Fernandez
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Emiliano Martínez
Golden Boot: Kylian Mbappé
Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi
FIFA World Cup dream finally came true for Argentina captain Lionel Messi
While Messi has always had an extremely successful club career, international glory eluded the little wizard for the longest of his career.
In 2021, the drought finally came to an end when Argentina lifted the Copa América trophy. Winning the FIFA World Cup in 2022 brought his magnificent career full circle. Fans were lucky enough to see the little wizard produce the products over and over again.
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