He was the hope of France with his three goals, the ones that allowed the 2018 Russian champion to reach the extra time of the Qatar 2022 world final. kylian mbappe won the Golden Boot, a bittersweet consolation prize after losing to Argentina.
The front of the paris saint germain he scored twice within a minute, when he converted the penalty into a goal which a violation by Nicolás Otamendi allowed France to discount after 80 minutes and sealed the 2-2 with which the battle went to extra time.
In those extra 30 minutes, the goal with which Lionel Messi He managed to reach him with seven goals as top scorer in Qatar, it wasn’t enough to win him the Golden Boot. Ten minutes later, in the 118th minute, Mbappé returned to sign a shot from twelve paces to make it 3-3. .
With that hat-trick, Mbappé could have taken the ball but the heartbreak of losing the title on penalties won over that primary desire. The anger lasted a little longer after that when he was called upon to receive the award for being the top scorer in the tournament.
The skilled 23-year-old player nonetheless complied with the protocols. Although he couldn’t erase the annoyance and sadness from his face, he received the award and took a picture with Enzo Fernández (revelation), Dibu Martínez (best goalkeeper) and Messi (ballon d’or).
Then, he returned to the stage set up in the middle of the Lusail Stadium field for the presentation of the medals of the runner-up and, unlike most of his teammates, he didn’t lose his balance.
Sitting on the grass with his head bowed, Mbappé received the consolation of the French president, Emmanuel Macronwho after presenting the medals to the Argentines together with the Sheikh of Qatar, Tamim ben Hamad Al Thani, and the president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, went to console the players blue.
The cameras then showed how Macron – who had already comforted him on the podium – bent down to talk a bit with the French star, to whom he also gave him some affectionate caresses.
The final loss was a major blow for Mabppé, despite being the top scorer at this World Cup and becoming one of only two players to have scored three goals in a World Cup final.
However, Mbappé aspired to equal the legendary Pele as the only footballers to win two World Cups, and in a row, before the age of 24.
After trying to console Mbappé, who sat a little longer and dejected with his eyes fixed on infinity, Macron greeted coach Didier Deschamps and other French players.
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