This World Cup final was a game that defied understanding, conventions and any attempt to define it.
How can anything in the stadium capture the sound when Lionel Messi lifts the World Cup trophy? Or the composure with which Kylian Mbappé scored a penalty to equalize in extra time?
It was – as the world seemed to settle down trying to wrap it all up – simply the greatest finale ever.
“The best World Cup final ever,” Usain Bolt Tweeted With photos of himself in an Argentina jersey at the Lucille Stadium.
“We’re dying to be 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 amazing,” England’s Former international Alan Shearer said on the BBC.
A Messi penalty and Angel Di Maria’s first-half goal settled the tie in normal time, but Mbappé scored two late goals – one from the penalty spot – in as many minutes to level France and force extra-time. of the.
With both sides feeling the effects of the spectacular finale, Messi scored a winner in the 108th minute that would have ended Hollywood.
“My God, #FIFAWorldCup. This game is a beautiful, evil curse. I love it so much that it stops,” actor Ryan Reynolds. Tweeted Messi’s goal in extra time gave Argentina a 3-2 lead.
But Mbappé, once again, responded with an equalizer from the spot to take the game to penalties.
“Well if I have a heart attack I’m watching this #FIFAWorldCup,” Serena Williams Tweeted.
“What a game man. If nobody still thinks it’s the best game ever…,” former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas Tweeted When the players lined up to take the penalty.
France’s Kingsley Coman saw his spot-kick saved by Emiliano Martínez, who was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament, and Aurelien Chomany before Gonzalo Montel gave Argentina their third World Cup title and first since 1986. Expanded his efforts.
Telemundo commentator Andres Cantor simply repeated: “Argentina es campeón del mundo” – Argentina is the world champion – as he said the winning moment, hugging his co-commentator Claudio Borghi and his voice breaking with emotion.
Photos show the streets of Buenos Aires filled with blue and white as people came out to celebrate.
Argentina president Alberto Fernandez tweeted: “Thank you to the players and the coaching team. They are examples that we must not give up. That we have great people and a great future.
Even Brazil, La Albiceleste’s Great competitor, congratulations sent.
“Delighted with the win for Argentina’s neighbors. Great game from Messi, who deserved it so much, and Di Maria. Congratulations to the players, the coaching staff of Argentina and my friend @alferdez,” Brazil President Lula da Silva Tweeted With an emoji of the flag of Argentina.
Fans in Argentina boo a reporter as they celebrate winning the World Cup.
Former England striker Michael Owen Tweeted: “Congratulations Argentina. Incredible game. Definitely the best final ever? Messi puts the top hat on an incredible career but leaves Mbappe thinking, hat-trick in World Cup final but empty-handed goes home
French President Emmanuel Macron, who traveled to Qatar for the final. Tweeted: “Les Bleus made us dream.”
He then appeared on the pitch and comforted Mbappé as the 23-year-old stared blankly into the night.
Also the Prime Minister of France Elizabeth Bourne TweetedSaying: “Thank you Les Bleus! We rocked with you all, just to the end. Thank you for this journey, thank you for making us dream, thank you for this extraordinary game.