World Cup 2022: The best player, manager, goal, match, and moment in Qatar, selected by Sky Sports writers

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The World Cup reaches its climax on Sunday with Argentina facing defending champions France in a mouth-watering finale – but what have been the on-field highlights of the tournament in Qatar? Here, the Sky Sports writers pick out their standout moments from the past four weeks…

Best player of the World Cup

Adam Bate: It is Lionel Messi (Argentina). Nobody has scored more goals and nobody has provided more assists. In willing his team to the final, he has also shown an edge to his game that has not always been evident. At 35, he is past his peak. He is still better than everyone else.

 

Sam Blitz: Antoine Griezmann (France). Three months ago, the France forward was in the midst of a ‘substitution scandal’ with Atletico Madrid and looked shot of confidence. While he’s been starring in a deeper role at the tournament, his attacking output has not diminished. The player with the most chances created in the tournament and some crucial interventions from within his own penalty box, France would not be in the final without him.

Nick Wright: Messi. It has to be. Five goals, three assists and so much more. That pass against Holland. That run against Croatia. Moments to savour from the world’s best.

Peter Smith: At a tournament where Cristiano Ronaldo’s star faded, his great rival Messi has defied the passage of time to produce an incredible run of performances in Qatar and inspire Argentina to another World Cup final. It would be a career-capping moment if he were to lift the trophy on Sunday. But after scoring in each knockout round and produced magic moments throughout, Messi has reaffirmed his status as an absolute legend of the game.

 

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