In a game that will go down in history as one of the greats, France came from behind twice to send the game to penalties. Although Messi will take the headlines, Kylian Mbappe was the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final after Sir Geoff Hurst for England in 1996.
The Argentine team dominated the game in the first 80 minutes and looked to be cruising to their first World Cup title since 1986.
Messi fired his side ahead from the spot in the 23rd minutes and Di Maria added the Argentine’s second—as the French team looked to be suffering from the effect of illness in camp during the week.
However, the French team came roaring back into the tie when they were handed a lifeline in the 79th minute before they added a stunning second goal just 90 seconds later to take the game to extra time.
The game headed to penalties were Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning penalty after sending Lloris the wrong way and immediately broke down in tears.
Messi has now followed the footsteps of Argentina hero, Diego Maradona in lifting the World Cup with his nation