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Messi goal: Watch Argentina captain score penalty against France in World Cup final

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Lionel Messi scored the opening goal of the World Cup final on Sunday (December 18), giving Argentina a first-half lead over France by scoring a penalty, which you can watch below.

Dribbling past French winger Ousmane Dembele down Argentina’s left flank, Angel Di Maria sliced ​​through the French penalty area and Dembele blocked from behind.

Di Maria hit the grass and referee Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot where Argentina captain Messi scored his penalty.

The 35-year-old rolled the ball past Hugo Lloris’s left into the France net for his sixth World Cup goal for Qatar, his fourth from the penalty spot.

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Later in the first half, Ángel Di María doubled Argentina’s lead.

Messi’s penalty also saw him equal Brazilian legend Pele on 12 World Cup goals overall, while Germany’s Miroslav Klose is the all-time top scorer with 16. Pele’s compatriot Ronaldo netted 15 goals in the World Cup final, Germany’s Gerd Muller scored 14 and France’s Just Fontaine scored 13.

Two-time champions Argentina came up short in the 2014 final in Brazil, with Messi and Di María on the field but unable to score as Germany won 1-0 after extra time.

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