It is the argument that Angel di Maria’s merits should be highly praised.
Argentina won (3-3, PK 4-2) 메이저놀이터 against France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final held at Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, Qatar at 0:00 am (Korean time) on the 19th. With this, Argentina reached the top of the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
Even in the first half, an easy victory for Argentina was expected. Argentina took an early lead, scoring twice in the first half alone. France struggled to break through Argentina’s midfield and defense. Throughout the first half, France failed to even attempt a single shot. The atmosphere was dominated by Argentina, and it seemed that Argentina was winning.
France had Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe scored two goals in an instant to turn the game back to square one. The game that Argentina expected to win went to overtime.
Overtime was tight. In the second half of extra time, Lionel Messi scored dramatically to give Argentina the lead again. However, a penalty kick was awarded to France, and Mbappe, who started as a kicker, succeeded and did not give up the championship easily. The game went to a penalty shoot-out, and Argentina won the match at the end of the penalty shootout.
After the match, Di Maria was in the spotlight. Di María, who started as a starter in the final, induced a penalty kick that led to the opening goal, followed by Argentina’s second goal. His performance in the final was all the more noteworthy as Di María had not started in the three tournament matches.
The path Di Maria has been walking has also been illuminated. Di Maria has been with her Messi for the past 14 years, starting with her Beijing 2008 gold medal. In the meantime, Di Maria and Messi won a number of competitions, including winning the U-20 World Cup, winning the 2021 Copa America, and winning the 2022 Finalisima, and finally lifted the World Cup trophy of their dreams. In particular, he scored the winning goal in last year’s Copa America final, which broke Argentina’s long-standing relationship, and emerged as the finalist.
Britain’s ‘Daily Mail’ said, “Di Maria has walked a glorious path with Messi for 14 years. He proved himself to be the perfect man in the final. Di Maria deserves to be remembered as one of Argentina’s greatest players.” Di Maria was praised.