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Lionel Messi celebrates the title of champion of Argentina. (Martin Meissner/AP)

The crowd at the Stadium of Light on Sunday was dominated by Argentina fans, with plenty of otherwise neutral fans throwing their tantrums. La Albiceleste Hoping to finally lift football’s greatest Lionel Messi to the World Cup.

They were not disappointed.

Sunday’s match in Qatar ended in glory for Messi and played as the pinnacle of his extraordinary career.

Messi opened the scoring with a first-half penalty, making history as the first player ever to score in all stages of the tournament.

He scored again in the second period of extra time to win over a shell-shocked Argentina side still reeling from France’s lightning-quick comeback.

And with all the pressure on the 35-year-old from the penalty spot, the exhausted veteran coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Before long, Argentina’s talisman was celebrating with his teammates and holding aloft the World Cup trophy that has eluded him throughout history.

A superb performance in the final moved Messi into a favorite position for the Ballon d’Or, which is awarded to the tournament’s best player.

It’s hard to imagine a better way to end the World Cup career of a man many consider the greatest of all time.



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