The final match of the World Cup will be held on Sunday afternoon at Lusail Stadium. Argentina face France and both teams are full of undoubted talent, with Kylian Mbappe leading the French side and Lionel Messi performing for the South American country.
The combined line-up seems to rule and what’s the biggest game in football than the World Cup Final? no one. Literally nothing. So we’ve created one here that consists of players from both teams who are set to battle it out for the biggest prize in sports.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (France)
Nothing like controversial to get things going. France captain Hugo Lloris had a great tournament and has been there, done that and medaled before with his country. Could he become the first captain to win back-to-back World Cups?
Aston Villa and Argentine goalkeeper Aimee Martinez are great, but I give preference to Tottenham captain Lloris, who has proven in Qatar that he is still one of the best players on the field.
Right-back: Jules Conde (France)
Not the best options here, really. Jules Conde is a superb defender at centre-back and has been consistent at right-back, despite appearing extremely elusive there in his only European Championship appearance last year.
Chelsea desperately wanted Conde before shunning them for FC Barcelona and he is probably best suited to the right centre-back role in the center back five, but he does not have that luxury for his club or country so here he is right-back. .
The 24-year-old beats Argentine Nahuel Molina here.
Center back: Raphael Varane (France)
I say the Champions League four times, La Liga four times, Nations League one time and one-time World Cup winner Raphael Varane has done himself well.
Varane’s time at Manchester United hasn’t been great, but he’s looked back on his best form for France at this World Cup, and easily joins this squad.
Central defender: Cristian Romero (Argentina)
Yes, an Argentine player is included in our team. Recently.
Christian Romero is already Tottenham’s second player in the squad and has been stellar with the North Londoners since joining them in 2021. He’s had a decent World Cup after injury recovery, usually partnering with Nicolas Otamendi, who has stepped back from years past and is in fact Totally unlucky not to be in this XI.
There are a few good options to choose from, but these two guys were relatively easy to pick. Lisandro Martinez, Ibrahima Konate, Dayot Upamecano and William Saliba are all brilliant, but Romero is in for me.
Left-back: Theo Hernandez (France)
Back to what we know here; And what we know is the inclusion of French players. Theo Hernandez has replaced his brother Lucas in Didier Deschamps’ side after suffering a horrific knee injury in Les Bleus’ opening game against Australia. He looked strong and even scored in the semi-final against a brave and impressive Moroccan team.
Theo made a name for himself at Milan and I was honestly surprised he didn’t start ahead of his brother.
The other options to choose from were Marcos Acuna and Nicolas Tagliafico, so it was pretty easy, unless you chose a completely different formation.
Defensive midfield: Aurelien Chouamini (France)
I think you might be able to tell who I imagine winning in the final. Although Argentina has a sneaky little fella up front that smoothes things out.
Real Madrid lost €80m to beat Liverpool by signing Aurelien Tchoamene last summer, and it’s clear to see why. The 22-year-old is a general in midfield and probably would have started for France even if Paul Pogba and/or N’Golo Kante were fit.
There are some skilful defensive midfielders to choose from in these two groups, but none hold a candle to Tchoameni, be it Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Jordan Ferretout or Youssouf Fofana.
Midfield: Enzo Fernandez (Argentina)
This guy is mint, right? 21 years. What a talent. Benfica played an important role here in signing him at Peanuts last summer. Liverpool are said to be interested and will need to do a lot to sign him.
Enzo Fernandez has only played three matches before the World Cup. He now has six more players after playing in every match for Qatar. After coming off the bench for the opening two matches, Fernández’s stunning second-round goal saw him named to the starting line-up for the next match, from which he has not come off since.
If Argentina beat France, expect Fernandes to be the best young player of the tournament.
Midfield: Rodrigo De Paul (Argentina)
I have to admit it was a difficult decision between Rodrygo de Paul and Brighton’s Scottish/Irish/Argentine star Alexis McAllister. I’ve thought about the broader picture here. De Paul is fantastic, an absolute midfield warrior, and this Mac Allister hype train wouldn’t make me think differently.
De Paul embodies this Argentina team. He’s full of spirit and fight, and there’s a reason he’s started every game in these World Cups.
Attacking midfield: Antoine Griezmann (France)
What a World Cup for this sweet little footballer, pulling the strings behind Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe. It was an honor to watch Antoine Griezmann lead this French team.
A former ninth-place finisher, Griezmann has adapted to this new role keeping Les Bleus mobile and contributing defensively while creating plenty of chances for the talented attackers in front of him. Griezmann is currently the favorite for the Ballon d’Or.
Antoine Griezmann player of the championship of one? 👀 pic.twitter.com/4kWDw4qyLc
– ESPN FC (ESPNFC) December 15, 2022
Attacker: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
I mean, that wasn’t up for discussion. Nor is he next. or the one before it. The greatest of all time? That’s a conversation for another day, friends.
Five goals and three assists in the World Cup, Lionel Messi will be hoping to claim football’s biggest prize for the first time on Sunday afternoon.
Attacker: Kylian Mbappe (France)
It’s not bad either, to be fair. It was an easy decision against PSG, given the formation anyway.
Tied with Messi on five goals this tournament, Mbappe already has nine goals in World Cup finals, and this is only his second goal. We think it could completely erase Miroslav Klose’s record.
It’s unfortunate that Julian Alvarez and Olivier Giroud – who both scored four goals in Qatar – will miss out, but you’re competing here with Messi and Mbappe. Either of these two people can hold the golden boot in their hands on Sunday evening, and I’ll lay an egg in my face.
By the way, Alvarez has four goals from eight shots in this tournament. Just thought I’d point that out. Manchester City literally has him and Erling Haaland. cold.
Director: Didier Deschamps (France)
Didier Deschamps led France to glory in 2018 and the only defeat for his team in Qatar was against Tunisia when he presented his B team. Even William Saliba played!
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