Lionel Messi is back on the list of World Cup Golden Ball winners. He successfully led Argentina to victory on Sunday night (18/12/2022).
Lionel Messi just led Argentina to win the 2022 World Cup. In the final game, Messi et al beat France 4-2 on penalties at the Iconic Stadium. The winner of the match between Argentina and France was 3-3. But to find out who became the champion had to do a penalty shootout.
Messi scored two of his three goals for the Albiceleste each in the 23rd minute. He also scored in the 108th minute. Angel Di Maria (36′) scores again for Argentina. Meanwhile, only Kylian Mbappe (80, 81, 118) scored for France.
This is Argentina’s third World Cup win. The Argentine national team had won two previous trophies in 1978 and 1986. Lionel’s achievements for Argentina were even more complete. Therefore, he was named the best player in the 2022 World Cup.
Achievements Lionel Messi
⭐️ MESSI ⭐️
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) December 18, 2022
Messi also has the right to bring home his trophy Golden Ball, also known as the World Cup Golden Ball. This is not the first time Messi has won the World Cup Golden Ball. Messi also scored in Argentina’s 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2014 final.
Messi is the only player to win the World Cup Golden Ball twice. Certainly since the introduction of the Golden Ball award in 1982.
Quoting from the US, it was first introduced at the World Cup in Spain in 1982. The World Cup Golden Ball Award involves a Technical Study Group to select the best players. This year, the team is led by former French Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. So far, 10 names have won the World Cup Golden Ball.
List of Golden Ball Winners in the World Cup since 1982:
1982: Paolo Rossi (Italia)
1986: Diego Maradona (Argentina)
1990: Salvatore Schillaci (Italia)
1994: Romario (Brasil)
1998: Ronaldo (Brasil)
2002: Oliver Kahn (Jerman)
2006: Zinedine Zidane (Perancis)
2010: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)
2014: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
2018: Luka Modric (Kroasia)
2022: Lionel Messi (Argentina)