The main focus of the match was on Messi, as he received a brilliant reception from the fans, who also went crazy after his free kick. In the fourth minute, Argentina was awarded a free kick from outside the box, and Messi simply put the ball into the top right corner. The goal was so magnificent that Maxi couldn’t help but smile during his exhibition match.
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After the match, Messi talked about how he would lead Argentina to glory at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in December. Speaking to the media, he said: As I said at the time: it was our turn to become world champions, but we had millions of impressive players behind us who did many great things with the national team, besides not lifting the cup.
Speaking about his retirement plans, he added: Although what we did is something special (winning the World Cup) and unique, every player’s dream … you think about what comes next more than what you did. When it’s my turn to retire from soccer, I’ll remember and enjoy everything I’ve accomplished much more.
He left PSG after the 2022-23 Ligue 1 season as a free agent and signed with MLS team Inter Miami. He unceremoniously left Paris as PSG fans ridiculed him in his last match for the club.
Messi led Argentina to a penalty shootout victory over France in the final at the Lusaille Stadium in Qatar. In a tense final, Argentina took the lead in the 23rd minute when Messi converted a penalty after Angel Di Maria fouled Ousmane Dembele.
Then, in the 36th minute, a quick counterattack saw Messi throw the ball past his own player and put Alexis McAllister in the striking position. The Brighton midfielder burst into the penalty area and gave a pass to Di Maria, who beat a rushing Lioris into the bottom corner to make the score 2-0 in favor of Argentina.
It looked like Argentina would win easily, but Kylian Mbappe had other plans and put France back in the game, scoring two goals in 97 seconds. In the 80th minute, the PSG star converted a penalty, making the score 1-2 after Colo Mouani was brought down in the Argentine penalty box. The 23-year-old then made the score 2-2 with a stunning volley in the 81st minute.
The match went into extra time, and both sides began to look for winsAnd he locaK Messi found it for Argentina. The veteran scored, bouncing off Hugo Llaurice, to make the score 3-2, after a quick VAR check ruled in his favor in the 108th minute. But Mbappe came to the rescue again for his team in the 118th minute, converting another penalty in the 118th minute after Gonzalo Montiel saw the Frenchman’s shot hit him in the arm.
After Mbappe’s hat trick, the score was 3-3 and it came down to a penalty shootout. During the series, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made terrific saves, blocking shots from Aurélien Tchouameni and Kingsley Coman. Gonzalo Montiel converted the winning penalty and Argentina won the series 4-2. He was also named MVP for his performances in the tournament.