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World Cup: the press celebrates the “amazing” and “maradonian” Lionel Messi, while consoling the “incredible” Mbappé


From the Argentine dailies to the Spaniards and even the Brazilians, the entire press salutes the extraordinary coronation of Argentina and its star.

The day after Argentina's coronation at the World Cup, the international press celebrated with one voice the "


" genius of Lionel Messi and his very "


" performance until the end of an "


" match.

Without forgetting to console the other star of this “


” final: the “phenomenon” Mbappé.

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Lionel Messi "

has planted his flag at the top of Everest

", greets the British daily The Times.

His Albiceleste team won their third world crown on Sunday against France (3-3, 4 tab to 2).

By scoring two goals, the guide of the Argentine team "

now ranks among the greatest of all sports



Eternal glory to Messi

", headlines the Argentinian sports daily Olé, reflecting the general feeling in Argentina.

A whole people had been waiting for almost twenty years for the coronation of their famous number 10, who joined Diego Maradona in the Pantheon of football gods.

Like several other international press titles, the Gazzetta dello Sport is convinced that Messi is "

a hyphen with Maradona


Because “

Messi is a genius in an ordinary body, or rather in a body that has nothing athletic about it


But "

in football, this physique can be enough if you have the head of an artist and the foot of God

", adds the Italian newspaper, under a photo of a Messi who exults with joy.


Like Diego Maradona in his time, the idol of the stadiums lived up to his reputation on Sunday, more than ever the pride of an entire people

", greets the French daily Le Figaro, in praise of the "

amazing Messi


At 35, Messi "

led Argentina to the top with a maradonian performance

", abounds the Spanish sports newspaper Marca.


The 10 reaches glory

" after "

a life of frustration and mutual misunderstanding between him and his country, with two farewells from the national team

", underlines the Spanish title El Pais.

Even in Brazil, Albiceleste's great rival, the victory of the

Argentine "

brothers " and the coronation of Messi, "

the best

" who "

greatly deserved to lift the cup

", were sportingly mentioned, according to the daily O Globo.


The 2022 World Cup puts an end to the Messi x CR7 (Cristiano Ronaldo) debate and the Argentinian is the best player of the last 50 years

", headlines the Brazilian news site Uol, without however daring to compare the star to "


" Pelé.

For the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, "

Lionel Messi creates an eternal work

" by winning "

the first title of world champion in a white and blue cathedral


Messi finally world champion: "

a major event in the history of the game which brings this absolute artist closer to immortality

", congratulates the French sports daily L'Equipe, which just regrets that Messi did not "

choose another day



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Mbappé "

for the history books


Unsurprisingly, the team dwells on "

the three goals in the final by an incredible Kylian Mbappé, who carried his guts

" and to which the presentation of the Golden Boot for the event's top scorer (8 goals) "

n did not draw a smile


But the Gazzetta dello sport also salutes "

Mbappé, a phenomenon unlike anyone

" while the Süddeutsche Zeitung pays tribute to the Frenchman and his "

individual performance for the history books of football



The French achieves a hat-trick and equalizes twice in a lost match

" in advance, congratulates El Pais.

However, "

Kylian Mbappé's quest to be considered the best has just been delayed

", seems to regret the New York Times.

What a final!

“, enthuses the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung which speaks of a “

crazy evening

” for the two teams which crossed “

heaven and hell



Unforgettable final

", "


", "


", "

the best final of all time

", exclaims the Argentine press, as well as the French press which is enthusiastic about this "

final in apotheosis

", an “

unreal suspense match

” or “

completely crazy

“, according to Le Monde.


One of these heroic matches that crosses time

", underlines the Team, but also "

one of these stabs that cross the heart


Source: lefigaro

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