How the world received the best World Cup final in history, The World Cup championship game seemed to defy logic, expectations, and all attempts at description.
When Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup trophy, the stadium erupted in a sound that nothing could have captured. Or the composure with which Kylian Mbappé converted a penalty to tie the score late in regulation?
It was the best ending ever, as the world eventually seemed to agree to summarise everything.
Usain Bolt tweeted images of himself wearing an Argentina jersey at Lusail Stadium and the caption “Best World Cup Final ever.”
“Up here, we’re out of breath. Simply put, the outcome was unbelievable. Being here was a pleasure. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I doubt I will ever see it again. Former England international Alan Shearer told the BBC that it was staggering.
Messi’s penalty and Angel Di Mara’s goal in the first half appeared to have decided the match in regulation time. Still, Mbappé scored two goals in stoppage time, including one from the penalty spot, to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Messi appeared to have scored the game-winning goal in the 108th minute, providing what would have been a Hollywood-style conclusion with both teams still reeling from the thrilling conclusion.
The #FIFAWorldCup, my god. This game is an exquisite, terrible curse. After Messi’s goal made it 3-2 Argentina in extra time, actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted, “I love it so much cause it stops.
Alberto Fernández, the president of Argentina, tweeted: “Thanks to the players and coaching staff. They serve as an inspiration for us to keep going. That our future is bright and that we have great people.
Even La Albiceleste’s main rival, Brazil, sent its congratulations.
“Happy with the neighbors from Argentina’s victory. Messi played well and deservedly won the game, as did Di Maria. Congratulations to the team members, the Argentina coaching staff, and my friend @alferdez,” Brazilian President Lula da Silva tweeted with an Argentinean flag emoji.
A former England striker, Michael Owen, tweeted: “Congratulations, Argentina. Amazing game. The best final, without a doubt? Messi caps off an incredible career, but think of Mbappe, who scored three goals in the World Cup final but left empty-handed.
The final was in Qatar, and French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “Les Bleus made us dream.”
In a tweet, French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne added: “Thank you, Les Bleus! Just until the very end, we shook alongside everyone else. Thank you for this experience, for inspiring our dreams, and for this fantastic game.