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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi’s last chance. Kylian Mbappe’s shot imitating Pele. A third world title for either Argentina or France.

Sunday’s final is rich with stories as the 22nd edition of the World Cup concludes with a match for the title.

Here are five things to know about the finale.


Is Lionel Messi the best soccer player of all time? The debate will forever rage because there can never be a definitive answer. Some, especially young soccer fans, think so, while others point to Pele and Diego Maradona, especially because they won the World Cup, the sport’s ultimate prize. That’s why, for many, Messi needs to win the World Cup to join Pele and Maradona in the pantheon of the greatest players ever, even if the decision of Nos. 1, 2 and 3 comes down to individual choice. Argentinians will still be divided between Maradona and Messi. And there have been striking similarities between them, with Messi displaying the kind of relentless brilliance and fighting spirit that Maradona showed when leading the team to the title in 1986. when he was well contained by Germany except for one chance which he pushed wide in the second half. Can he make the most of his chance this time around, possibly his last appearance on football’s biggest stage?


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