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Argentina's World Cup Title is the Closing Chapter in Messi's Legendary Memoir

It was a final that matched the hype, somehow. By the time it was over, Argentina emerged with their third Jules Rimet trophy overall and first since 1986. Messi scored two goals, Mbappé countered with a hat trick. But this was the South American icon’s day — the finishing touch on an epic career in a final for the ages. The brilliant next-gen Mbappé nearly stole the show but will have to settle for receiving the torch passed from the 35-year-old maestro who headlined his last World Cup.

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Argentina's World Cup Title is the Closing Chapter in Messi's Legendary Memoir
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