'Lionel Messi also spoke… it was more direct...': Angel Di Maria makes staggering 2022 FIFA World Cup final revelation

Jun 29, 2023 12:51 PM IST

Angel Di Maria made a staggering revelation about Lionel Messi and Argentina's 2022 FIFA World Cup final vs France.

Argentina won their third FIFA World Cup title in Qatar last year, defeating France in the final. In a thrilling encounter, both sides drew 2-2 in regular time, and held each other to a 3-3 scoreline in extra-time. With the match entering penalties, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez reigned supreme as Argentina secured a 4-2 shootout win.

Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.(AP)
Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.(AP)

It was also their first World Cup title, 36 years after their second one. In a recent interview, Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria gave some insight into the final and made a massive Lionel Messi revelation.

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Speaking to journalist Sofi Martinez Mateos, Di Maria stated that he didn't perform his pre-match ritual and also Messi did something, which he hadn't done in his side's victorious Copa America campaign. "When I put on the shirt, I usually start praying. I have my Jesus there, my Virgin Mary, my cross, and on my phone, I have a photo of my wife and my daughters. I always light a candle but the final was the only match in my career that I didn't ask, I gave thanks for the moment I was going to live. While I was giving thanks, a few tears fell, and Leo (Messi) also spoke."

"It was not like at the Copa America, it was more direct ... I wanted with my life to be able to win it, and thank God, it happened", he further added.

Argentina first took the lead in the 23rd-minute when Messi converted a penalty after Di Maria was fouled in the French penalty box. Then a quick counter in the 36th-minute saw Alexis Mac Allister assist Di Maria, who made it 2-0 in stunning fashion.

Edging towards a disastrous defeat, France made a comeback as Kylian Mbappe came to the rescue, levelling proceedings in 97 seconds. In the 80th-minute, the PSG attacker scored a penalty to make it 1-2 after Kolo Muani was fouled. Then in the 81st-minute, he made it 2-2 with a stunning volley. As the match entered extra-time, Messi made it 3-2, tapping in after a deflection of Hugo Lloris in the 108th-minute. but Mbappe had other plans and converted a penalty to make it 3-3 and also completed his hat-trick.

In the shootout, Martinez saved to deny Aurelian Tchouameni and Kingsley Coman. Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning penalty as Argentina won 4-2 in the shootout.

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