ARGENTINA VS. FRANCE: Who will be smiling back home?

Argentina takes on France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar today to see who shall smile back home with the FIFA World Cup.

If France wins:

  • It would become the fourth nation to win the World Cup at least three times.
  • It would become the third nation to win back-to-back World Cup titles and the first since Brazil in 1962.
  • Its record with Kylian Mbappé in the starting XI would improve to 12-0-0.
  • Mbappé would join Pelé as the only players to win multiple men’s World Cup titles before turning 24 years old.
  • Hugo Lloris would become the first man to win multiple World Cups as captain.
  • Argentina would join Germany as the most runner-up finishes at the men’s World Cup with four.

If Argentina wins:

  • It would join Spain (2010) as the only teams to win the men’s World Cup after losing its opening match.
  • It would become the fourth nation to win the World Cup at least three times.
  • Lionel Messi would win his first World Cup


  • Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé lead the Golden Boot race with five goals each, however, Mbappé is technically in first place because he has more non-penalty goals. Messi would have to score in Sunday’s final to take the lead.
  • If Mbappé scores, he would become just the fifth man to score in multiple World Cup finals and the second to score in back-to-back finals.
  • If Messi scores, he would become the first man to score in the round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final at a single World Cup since the round of 16 was introduced in 1986.
  • Julián Álvarez and Olivier Giroud both have four goals.
  • If Messi or Giroud win the Golden Boot, they would be award’s oldest winner.

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