Messi wins Golden Ball for best player at World Cup

Argentina's captain and forward #10 Lionel Messi kisses the FIFA World Cup Trophy during the trophy ceremony after his team won the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match against France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 18, 2022. (Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP)
Argentina's captain and forward #10 Lionel Messi kisses the FIFA World Cup Trophy during the trophy ceremony after his team won the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match against France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 18, 2022. (Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP)

Lionel Messi wins the Golden Ball for the best player at this year’s World Cup, after leading Argentina to victory in the final against France.

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, one ahead of the Argentine skipper.

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