Argentina vs. France: How the world reacted to ‘the best closing ever’


This World Cup closing was a recreation that appeared to defy comprehension, conventions and any try to explain it.

How may something seize the sound within the stadium when Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup trophy? Or the calmness with which Kylian Mbappé slotted a penalty to equalize in further time?

It was – because the world appeared to decide on in an try and sum all of it up – merely the best closing ever.

“Best World Cup Final ever,” Usain Bolt tweeted alongside photos of himself in an Argentina jersey at Lusail Stadium.

“We’re breathless up here. It was just an unbelievable final. It was a pleasure to be here. I’ve never seen anything like it and I don’t think I’ll ever see anything like it again. It was staggering,” former England worldwide Alan Shearer mentioned on the BBC.

Messi’s penalty and Ángel Di María’s first-half aim regarded to have settled the tie in regular time, however Mbappé scored two late objectives – one from the penalty spot – in as many minutes to attract France degree and drive further time.

With each side’ feeling the consequences of the scintillating finale, Messi regarded to have scored a winner within the 108th minute in what would have been a Hollywood ending.

“My god, #FIFAWorldCup. This game is a gorgeous, evil curse. I love it so much make it stop,” actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted simply after Messi’s aim made it 3-2 to Argentina in further time.

However Mbappé, but once more, replied with an equalizer from the spot to take the sport to penalties.

“Ok if I have a heart attack it’s cause I’m watching this #FIFAWorldCup,” Serena Williams tweeted.

“What a game man. If someone still doesn’t think this is the best sport ever…,” former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas tweeted because the gamers lined as much as take penalties.

France’s Kingsley Coman noticed his spot kick saved by Emiliano Martínez, who was named because the match’s greatest goalkeeper, and Aurélien Tchouaméni pulled his effort large earlier than Gonzalo Montiel secured Argentina’s third World Cup title and a primary since 1986.

Telemundo’s commentator Andrés Cantor merely repeated: “Argentina es campeón del mundo” – Argentina is world champion – as he referred to as the profitable second, hugging his co-commentator Claudio Borghi and his voice cracking with emotion.

Photographs confirmed the streets of Buenos Aires awash with blue and white as folks poured out to have a good time.

Argentine soccer fans celebrate their team's World Cup victory.

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández tweeted: “Thanks to the players and coaching team. They are the example that we should not give up. That we have great people and a great future.”

Even Brazil, La Albiceleste’s nice rival, despatched congratulations.

“Happy with the victory of the Argentine neighbours. Great game from Messi, who deserved this a lot, and Di Maria. Congratulations to the players, the Argentina coaching staff and my friend @alferdez,” Brazil’s President Lula da Silva tweeted alongside an emoji of the Argentinian flag.

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Followers in Argentina douse reporter whereas celebrating World Cup win

Former England striker Michael Owen tweeted: “Congratulations Argentina. Incredible game. Surely the best ever final? Messi puts the top hat on an unbelievable career but spare a thought Mbappe, a hat trick in a World Cup final yet goes home empty handed.”

French President Emmanuel Macron, who had travelled to Qatar for the ultimate, tweeted: “Les Bleus made us dream.”

Kylian Mbappé scored a hattrick in the World Cup final.

He appeared on the pitch afterwards and comforted Mbappé because the 23-year-old stared blankly into the night time.

France’s Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne additionally tweeted, saying: “Thank you Les Bleus! We have trembled with you all, just until the end. Thank you for this journey, thank you for making us dream, thank you for this exceptional game.”