The moment ‘Kylian Mbappe Sent Message By England Hero Geoff Hurst After World Cup Final Hat-Trick’ England legend Geoff Hurst has tweeted a message to Kylian Mbappe after the France star joined him as the second men’s player in history to notch a hat-trick in a World Cup final. Unlike Hurst, Mbappe came out on the losing side as Argentina narrowly pipped Les Bleus on penalties after an epic showdown.
Kylian Mbappe Sent Message By England Hero Geoff Hurst After World Cup Final Hat-Trick
Mbappe was virtually absent for the first hour of the game as Argentina ran riot at Lusail Stadium. Lionel Messi converted from the spot early on and Angel Di Maria doubled the lead before half-time to put the Albiceleste in the driving seat.
But France superstar Mbappe had plenty left in the tank and he scored twice in as many minutes with the game drawing to a close, forcing extra time. Messi and Mbappe each notched another goal during the additional 30 minutes before Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez starred in the subsequent shootout.
Before kick-off, Hurst had been the only player in history to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, but he is now joined by Mbappe after his electric showing on Sunday. “Many congratulations to Mbappe,” tweeted the 1966 World Cup winner. “Whatever happens. I’ve had a great run!”
Although the three-goal outing wasn’t enough to see France win the World Cup, it was enough to see him win the Golden Boot over Messi. Mbappe was in rampant scoring form throughout the tournament, finishing on seven with his Argentine counterpart one behind.
The Frenchman cut a glum figure when he went up to accept his award after the final whistle, with Messi comparatively chirpier while picking up his Golden Ball accolade, recognising him as the best player at the tournament.
The pair, who undoubtedly took centre stage in the final, will soon reunite at Paris Saint-Germain to see out the season after a taxing World Cup campaign. Mbappe could ultimately look for a change at the club level after rumours of discontent circulated earlier this year, while Messi will be out of contract in June.
It remains to be seen how much appetite the 35-year-old has to press on for more achievements after notching a win at the international level that has eluded him for so long. Mbappe, meanwhile, is just getting started and former England striker Alan Shearer paid tribute to both of them after the game.
“It was a pleasure to be here to see it,” he told the BBC. “Thank you to Messi and Mbappe. The way Argentina kept going, the mentality they had to score in terms of belief. Well done and thank you for entertaining us. It was just unbelievable.”
Messi has already confirmed that this was his last World Cup while Mbappe is expected to come back in four years’ time. With 12 goals under his belt by the age of 23, another four would bring him to level with Miroslav Klose at the top of the all-time list.