Messi vs Mbappe, no matter who wins, ‘Football Emperor Coronation’
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe met in the final. No matter who wins, the ‘coronation ceremony of soccer emperor’ will be held, connecting Pele and Diego Maradona.
Argentina and France will face off in the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which will be held at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, Qatar at 0:00 am (hereinafter referred to as Korean time) on the 19th. Argentina will try to win the championship for the first time in 36 years, and France will try to win the championship twice in a row for the first time in 60 years.
The ‘god of soccer’ and the ‘next new world’ met. Messi led Argentina to the final once again, following in 2014. He accumulated offensive points in all matches except against Poland with 5 goals and 3 assists in 6 games. In particular, in the semi-final against Croatia, the scene where he lightly beat Joshko Gbardiol, the ‘best center back in the tournament’, and helped the net goal, proved that he is still in the best position.
The same goes for Mbappe. With 5 goals and 2 assists in 6 games, he led France to two consecutive finals. It has already surpassed 4 goals and 1 assist in the last tournament. There is no offensive point after the round of 16, but his influence is still there. All of France’s scoring scenes in the quarterfinals against Morocco had Mbappe. In particular, Mbappe’s possession of the ball right before the second goal showed why he was considered the right person to succeed ‘Menaldo’.
Now, Messi and Mbappe will have an unavoidable real sword match in the final. No matter which of the two players wins, a coronation ceremony will be held to appoint the next football emperor.
Messi is trying to succeed his country’s hero, Maradona. Maradona made the 1986 Mexico World Cup completely ‘his own’. It’s not an exaggeration. He was involved in 10 of Argentina’s 14 goals and lifted his country’s second World Cup title. Maradona was also the player who helped Argentina’s final goal in the World Cup symbolized by the ‘half-line dribble’ in the quarter-final against England.
If Messi wins by scoring an attack point in the final, he can go beyond the soccer emperor and rise to the ‘Greatest of All Time’ (GOAT). Nearly perfect 스포츠토토 in every attacking metric, and who, along with Pep Guardiola, revolutionized the history of football tactics, his only flaw was the World Cup. If you win by scoring or assisting in the final, you will not only win the ‘Solo Carry’ comparable to Maradona, but also complete the ‘perfect coronation’ that exceeds Pele’s World Cup record for most attack points (19 times).
Mbappe goes beyond Pele’s stronghold, the ‘World Cup strongest player’. Pele imprinted his name around the world through the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. In the final match, he scored multiple goals at the age of 17, completing Brazil’s first World Cup with remarkable offensive power of 6 goals and 2 assists in 4 matches. In 1962, he did not play much due to injury, but he helped Brazil win two consecutive World Cups. And he lifted the 1970 World Cup once more and became an immortal ‘soccer emperor’.
If Mbappe rises to the top of the World Cup for the second time in a row, the story of the soccer emperor who will succeed Pele can be completed. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he became the first teenager to score in the final in 60 years after Pele, proving that ‘Emperor’s blood’ flows in him. Unlike Pele, who did not perform well due to injury in the second World Cup, he surpassed the previous tournament. If Mbappe leads his country to victory once again in the final, it will be the moment to greet the new ‘World Cup Emperor’.