The 2022 World Cup was dogged by controversy even before it kicked off but the football, especially the final delivered a game for the ages as Argentina and France drew 3-3 in a highly dramatic game in Doha.
Argentina were cruising at 2-0 at half time thanks to a penalty from Lionel Messi then a superb counter attack finished by former Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria. France looked completely bereft of answers and manager Didier Deschamps made two substitutes before half time.
After a fairly subdued second half France burst into life after being awarded a penalty which Kylian Mbappe scored. Then within just a few seconds of that goal he scored again to make the score 2-2 and take the game to extra time.
The drama wasn't done there though as Messi managed to score again by scrambling the ball over the line and the drama continued. France were awarded another penalty by the referee which Mbappe scored again to make him only the second man in World Cup history to score a hat-trick in the final after England legend Sir Geoff Hurst.
And so it went to a penalty shoot-out and it was Messi and Argentina's day as goalkeeper Emi Martinez proved the hero as Argentina scored all their penalties while France missed two. It completed Messi's destiny of becoming arguably the greatest football ever and won the one trophy that has alluded him in his final game for Argentina.
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Of course, the tournament will be best remembered for the controversy surrounding it and the stories of migrant worker deaths and the persecution of the LGBT+ community in Qatar.
Ultimately the conversation around the World Cup has mostly shifted to the football since it began but its paramount that these discussions continue especially in preparation for the 2026 which is being tri-hosted in the United States, Canada and Mexico - where one of those countries has recently outlawed abortions.
Here's how it played out in real-time on social media:
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