The star of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi established himself as the greatest footballer of his generation, arguably of all time, as he inspired Argentina to a dramatic victory. At 35, Messi not only scored seven goals, including two in the memorable final against France, but throughout the tournament he was the driving force behind his team’s success, winning his first ever World Cup in what is likely to be his last opportunity. He was awarded the Golden Ball as player of the tournament and was saluted around the sporting world as he finally won the one prize that had eluded him.

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