The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has become one of the most talked-about and arguably the most talked-about trophy competition of the 21st century. The tournament attracted a lot of attention from all over the world on various occasions even before it opened, but it was overshadowed by the dedication, intensity and thrill of the national teams.
Leo Messi was undoubtedly the star and the best player of this championship. He scored goals in every game, but did not forget to make important passes. We cannot ignore the tactics used by Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni to bring out the talent and experience of Lionel. By the time Argentina came to the final, Lionel had already set a number of records for matches in Qatar 2022, and for Argentina’s previous games. Everyone was expecting to see intensity in Argentina’s final clash with France, winners of previous games. And the result exceeded expectations.
Even before the start of the final match for the title, the match was described as a duel between the two strongest players: 35-year-old Lionel Messi and 24-year-old Kylian Mbappe, the other contender for the main player of the FIFA 2022 Championship. Despite the fact that they are at different stages in their careers. As Mbappe is on his way to the peak of his career, and for the Argentine the match in Qatar is a beautiful end to a 16-year journey. Which, by the way, was really beautiful. After all, at the end of the championship, Leo set such records:
• Played the most matches in the World Championships (26)
• Plays the most minutes of the World Championships (2314)
• Played the most games with the captain’s armband (19)
• Had the most goals and assists per Championship (12 and 8)
• Has played the most World Championships with assists (5)
• Receives the most Golden Balls in a tournament (2)
• First player to score in five different World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022)
• Performed the most assists in World Cup play-offs (5)
Furthermore, for the calendar year 2022, Leo scored 18 goals for Argentina, the most. And also, an Instagram post of Lionel holding the World Cup has garnered more than 64.8 million likes, a new record. Before that, the record of 56.3 million likes belonged to a picture of a chicken egg published on 4 January 2019.
At the moment, the plane with Argentina’s national team has arrived at home, where the new champions were welcomed with an orchestra and a standing ovation. The celebration of the victory is still going on, with almost the entire country taking part: some cannot hold back tears, while others are speechless. Without a doubt, the main star is Lionel.
At the same time, the footballer has also earned the respect of the rest of the world. For example, during the award ceremony Lionel received not only the statuette of the winner of the World Cup, but also a very valuable gift in the eastern countries. The ruler of Qatar (Emir) Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani personally presented Messi with a black bisht. The bisht is a traditional festive cloak for men, usually made of camel’s hair and worn on festive occasions, mostly in winter. In the photo, you can see that the bisht is also embroidered in gold, which usually indicates nobility.
We also pay our respects to the now legendary football player and have decided to create an unusual portrait of Lionel Messi. He is wearing his number 10 jersey and holding the new World Cup trophy. At the bottom of Messi’s portrait is drawn the letter “M” as a monogram to represent the player’s surname. There is also a laurel wreath in the shape of a football field. A laurel wreath is an ancient symbol of triumph, victory, wisdom, greatness and glory. As far back as Ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to winners of the Olympic Games.
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