Lionel Messi’s seemingly futile journey to win the FIFA World Cup ended finally on Sunday, December 18 as his Argentina side slipped past France in the final to win its third title, at the Lusail Stadium.
Messi, deservedly, won the golden ball for his starring role in the conquest, but was denied the golden boot by France’s Kylian Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in the final to become just the second player, after Geoff Hurst to do so.
The PSG duo, along with Mbappe’s teammate Antoine Griezmann dominated the attacking numbers in the Qatar World Cup.
While Messi and Mbappe take the top two spots in the goalscoring chart, the Argentine is tied at top of the assist tally — alongside Griezmann, Bruno Fernandes, Ivan Perisic and Harry Kane.
The trio of Messi, Mbappe and Griezmann though dominate the overall attacking numbers in the World Cup.
It must be noted that players from France, Argentina, Croatia and Morocco have played at least two games more than others in the list.