Lionel Messi 's Argentina came out on top in one of the greatest ever World Cup finals.
The legendary No.10 scored twice in a rollercoaster of a match which France showed immense resilience to take all the way to penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw. The hero of the shootout was Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who spectacularly saved two spot kicks from Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchoumeni.
Kylian Mbappe went home a loser despite scoring a hat-trick, with two of his goals coming from the penalty spot and the other a cracking strike to complete France's first comeback in normal time. Ultimately, though, Paris Saint-Germain teammate Messi was named a world champion, just as Diego Maradona was in 1986.
Here's how Mirror Football rated the players.
What a hero. He is sensational in shoot-outs. Did it again. Fabulous saves.
Began the wonderful move for Argentina’s second goal. Good throughout.
Man City fans will remember his reckless moments… let France back in.
Strong, physical and intimidating. He was solid in Argentina’s defence.
Another impressively tenacious performance and no wonder he kept his place.
De Paul 7
Was so effective. Tearing around the pitch, made himself a real menace.
Booked. Had a super game. Won tackles, made challenges and was everywhere.
Mac Allister 8
Assist on the second goal. Was so industrious. Had such a terrific tournament.
Di Maria 8
He was so important for Argentina. Won penalty, scored. Mistake to take him off.
Worked so hard, more than played his part with his clever link play. Good.
Scored twice, again in the shoot-out and led his nation to glory. Incredible.
Acuna 7, Montiel 7, Martinez N/A, Paredes N/A, Pezzella N/A, Dybala N/A
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Could not deny Messi as he was denied the chance of World Cup history.
Whenever he wakes in the night, it will be Di Maria giving him nightmares.
Looked under the weather for long periods having had a virus this week.
Conceded possession on Argentina’s second goal but made heroic block in extra time.
Made a lot of people’s teams of the tournament. But not on this evidence.
Left chasing shadows for long periods and then missed in the shoot-out.
Booked. Could not get close to Argentina. Outfought, outmanoeuvred and outwitted.
Has had a brilliant tournament, but was substituted early which says everything.
Such a poor performance. Conceded a penalty, then hooked before half time.
Incredible performance. He scored a hat trick and still lost. What a sensation.
Subbed before half time which says it all. A nightmare final to forget.
Thuram 7, Kolo Muani 7, Camavinga 7, Coman 7, Fofana N/A, Konate N/A, Diasi N/A
Szymon Marciniak 8
Man of the match: Lionel Messi
Stories do not get any better. An incredible final chapter of the fairytale.
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