FIFA World Cup 2022: Five sensational storylines ahead of Argentina vs France final

December 17, 2022

Sports Tak Staff

Lionel Messi's last chance, Kylian Mbappe's shot at emulating Pele and more, the World Cup final is lashed with rich storylines. 

Let's take a look at the five must-know storylines ahead of the final between France and Argentina. 

Messi is heading into his second World Cup final, having been on the losing team in 2014.

Messi needs to win the World Cup to join Pele and Diego Maradona in the pantheon of the greatest-ever players. Thus, the biggest storyline circles around Messi. 

Mbappe has a chance to emulate Pele's achievement in winning his first two World Cups — not just that but leading the team as its star player.

Both Argentina and France are looking to win the World Cup for the 3rd time. It would leave the winning team in outright 4th place on the all-time list, behind Brazil (5), Germany and Italy (4 each).

Deschamps has already won the World Cup as a player (1998) and a coach (2018). He now has a chance to complete a sensational treble. 

Four players are in realistic contention to win the Golden Boot. Of course, Messi and Mbappe are among them with 5 goals each. Julian Alvarez and Olivier Giroud have 4 goals to their name. 

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