Throughout all of their competitions against each other, Lionel Messi has never been able to beat Kylian Mbappe. Does this mean that Argentina will not be able to beat France in the 2022 World Cup final? Argentina vs France match took place at the Lusail Stadium.
Both Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe have played for the same organization, namely Paris Saint-Germain, since the summer of 2021. Even so, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are already competing with each other in the Champions League.
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are a team
At that time, Barcelona, which still had Lionel Messi, faced PSG, which had Kylian Mbappe. The two top players met in the last 16 of the 2020-2021 Champions League. Incredibly, Paris Saint-Germain beat Barcelona at home by a score of 4-1.
Lionel Messi’s penalty put Barcelona in front, and they never looked back. However, after that, Paris Saint-Germain got back up and won thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick and Moise Kean’s goal!
The score was 1-1 after the second leg which took place at the PSG headquarters. Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi scored for their respective teams, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. Long before this meeting, these two players had already competed against each other.
More specifically, it happened in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup. At that time, it was Kylian Mbappe who brought France to the top spot in Group C. They faced Argentina, who finished second in Group D. Where the Argentine national team has Lionel Messi as team captain.
Lionel Messi’s movement in that match was not as effective as it could have been. Because French midfielder NGolo Kante always follows him wherever he goes. Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe’s fearsome running pace allowed him to score twice!
World Cup 2022 final infographic
In short, France won over Argentina with a score of 4-3 and advanced to the quarter-finals. After beating Uruguay in the quarter-finals and Belgium in the semifinals, France secured a 4-2 victory over Croatia to claim the 2018 World Cup title.
Could this be a sign that Kylian Mbappe will humiliate Lionel Messi for the umpteenth time at the World Cup. At the same time win the second World Cup trophy? Something interesting to anticipate and look forward to.