Argentina won the World Cup in Qatar today, Sunday 18th 2022, and finally ended its drought 36 years after winning the last world cup in 1986.
In a thrilling game, Argentina won on penalties against France after the game ended 3-3 after extended time.
Messi scored two goals in the match and finally won the lone trophy that had eluded him in his remarkable career.
Mbappé, who scored in the 2018 title match when he was a teenager, scored 3 goals to became only the second player in history to score a hat trick in the World Cup final.
The game had a dramatic end with penalties to give Argentina their 3rd World Cup in the history of the competition.
Both Messi and Mbappé also scored in the penalty shootout.
Messi ended up winning the Golden Ball award as the best player of the tournament and Mbappé won the Golden Boot award as the top scorer with eight goals in seven matches.
Pele congratulates Messi, Mbappe, and Argentina
He posted his message on Instagram after Argentina beat defending champion France 4-2 in a penalty shootout following a 3-3 draw at Lusail Stadium in Qatar.
“Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in an enthralling way,” Pelé wrote in his post. “Messi winning his first World Cup, as his trajectory deserved. My dear friend, Mbappé, scoring four goals in a final. What a gift it was to watch this spectacle to the future of our sport.”
Pelé ended his message by again lauding Argentina and mentioning the man most often associated with him as the greatest players the game has ever seen — Diego Maradona.
Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, died in 2020. “Congratulations Argentina!” Pelé wrote. “Certainly Diego is smiling now.”