FIFA World Cup 2022: Argentina’s victorious captain Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament after realising his dream of winning the prestigious trophy on Sunday in Qatar.
fter pulsating action for nearly a month, the FIFA World Cup 2022 came to a close with Lionel Messi and Argentina winning the trophy, beating France in one of the most thrilling finals in the history of the competition. On Sunday, December 18, Argentina won their 3rd World Cup trophy, the first after Diego Maradona’s heroics in 1986.
t was a fitting finale to a stunning World Cup that had plenty of thrills with some big names going out and some heartwarming tales of Asian and African’s Morocco scripting history by reaching the semi-final, a first in World Cup history.
The race for the World Cup awards was alive until the final Sunday of the tournament in Qatar with more than a contender for each of the 4 major awards.
FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS OF FIFA WORLD CUP 2022
- Golden Boot – Kylian Mbappe with 8 goals (Top-scorer)
- Golden Ball – Lionel Messi with 7 goals and 3 assists (Best player)
- Golden Shoe – Emi Martinez with 2 penalty shoot-out wins for Argentina (Best goalkeeper)
- Young Player Award – Enzo Fernandez of Argentina
Messi also became the first man to win two Golden Ball Awards as he had bagged the honour in 2014 when Argentina lost the final to Germany.
Argentina not just won the World Cup trophy but 3 of their stars bagged the major honours on Sunday.
MOST GOALS IN FIFA WORLD CUP 2022
- Kylian Mbappe (France) – 8
- Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 7
- Julian Alvarez (Argentina) – 4
- Olivier Giroud – 4
- Alvaro Morata (Spain) – 3
- Bukayo Saka (England) – 3
- Cody Gakpo (Netherlands) – 3
Argentina won their 3rd World Cup title as France were denied their third. Mbappe scored a hat-trick, only the 2nd man to do so in a World Cup final, but it was not enough as France were beaten on penalties in the final.
Messi took his World Cup tally to 13 and the 35-year-old is unlikely to add to it after having announced that he would not be there to lead Argentina in 2026. Mbappe, on the other hand, took his World Cup tally to 12 – 8 in 2022 and 4 in 2018 — as the France star looks set to break MIroslav Klose’s all-time record of 16 World Cup goals.