In Pictures: Lionel Messi’s Argentina wins FIFA World Cup 2022

Sunday’s World Cup final turned from a one-sided affair into a nerve-racking vintage showdown and it was somehow fitting that footballing diva Argentina prevailed over France amid the drama.

Tears flowed at Lusail stadium when Gonzalo Montiel buried the winning penalty for a 4-2 shootout victory after Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick had dragged France back into the contest twice following Angel Di Maria’s opener and Lionel Messi’s double.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Final – Argentina v France – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – December 18, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the World Cup REUTERS/Carl Recine
Argentina players celebrate winning the World Cup as teammate Gonzalo Montiel scores during the penalty shootout. REUTERS/Molly Darlington
France’s Kylian Mbappe looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Carl Recine

Argentina’s Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi and teammates. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty during the penalty shootout past France’s Hugo Lloris. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Argentina’s Gonzalo Montiel scores a penalty during the penalty shootout. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Argentina’s Gonzalo Montiel scores a penalty during the penalty shootout to win the World Cup. REUTERS/Carl Recine
Argentina players during the penalty shootout. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Argentina’s Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their second goal. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
France’s Kylian Mbappe scores their first goal from the penalty spot past Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores their first goal from the penalty spot. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Argentina’s Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Argentina’s Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their second goal. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Argentina’s Angel Di Maria scores their second goal. REUTERS/Carl Recine
Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores their first goal from the penalty spot. REUTERS/Molly Darlington
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Final – Argentina v France – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – December 18, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates winning the World Cup with the trophy REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Final – Argentina v France – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – December 18, 2022 Argentina’s Angel Di Maria celebrates winning the World Cup with the trophy REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Final – Argentina v France – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – December 18, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi kisses the trophy as he celebrates winning the World Cup REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
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