Lionel Messi Wins Golden Ball

Lionel Messi won the FIFA World Cup Golden ball for the second time after beating France.

Messi ran the show for Argentina at the age of 35 and led Argentina to their third World Cup title.

Messi earlier won the golden ball in the 2014 World Cup.

Messi netted 7 goals and provided three assists to light up the tournament and revived Argentina’s campaign after their shock defeat in the opener against Saudi Arabia.

Messi scored twice in the final in Doha, taking his tally of goals at the tournament to seven, and also scored in the shoot-out as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties following a 3-3 draw after extra time.

Kylian Mbappe came second to Messi for that award but did win the Golden Boot for the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals.

Luka Modric came third in the running for the best player after helping Croatia finish third.

Messi also becomes the first player to score a goal in the round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and final in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup.

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