Sport’s most memorable moments of 2022 – No 2: Football | Football

A World Cup in Qatar

The greatest? Qatar 2022 served up the best World Cup final for decades and Lionel Messi, in finally lifting the World Cup, confirmed himself as the finest player of the 21st century, should that have been in doubt. Amid the celebrations, Messi kept the coolest head, even making sure to sidestep the pestering of gold-steak seasoner and Gianni Infantino acolyte Salt Bae.

Infantino and the host nation had the showpiece they wanted, Messi and Kylian Mbappé coming to the party to echo the game’s greats. Mbappé’s hat-trick saw him overtake Pelé, Vavá and Geoff Hurst…

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