After inspiring France to a World Cup final, Lionel Messi posed for a picture.

France will play Argentina in the final of the World Cup on Sunday after they defeated Morocco 2-0 in the semifinals.

France will be prepared to defend their title against Messi and co, according to the 31-year-old.

"Any team with Messi in is not the same as any other team," he said. "Argentina are a difficult team to play and team who are on top form, we have seen practically all of the matches at this World Cup, we know how they play, they are a difficult team to play and team who are on top form, we have seen practically all of the matches

It's going to be a difficult game because they have a strong side around Messi. They are going to get lots of support from the crowd. We're going to talk about it tomorrow and see what we can do to hurt them and defend against them. We'll be ready.

Griezmann redefining his role in dazzling fashion

France's Antoine Griezmann, right, challenges for the ball with Morocco's Yahya Jabrane during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Image: Antoine Griezmann's mesmeric performance helped France overcome Morocco in the World Cup semi-finals

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Even before the ball had been kicked at the Al Bayt Stadium, it was hailed as a stroke of genius by everyone. His performance dismantling Morocco's history-making run to the semi-finals enhanced the assessment.

Belgium, Spain and Portugal were all defeated by Morocco in the last four. The Atlas Lions were able to temporarily halt Kylian Mbappe's pursuit of the Golden Boot, but their performance was still spirited.

Before the World Cup, Paul and N'Golo were injured. Four years after their triumph in Russia, the world champion turned to Griezmann to fill the void left by two of their best players. It was billed as a gamble, but has turned into a masterstroke.

The remarkable tale of France is how a scorer of great goals who inspired France to glory at the World Cup has evolved into a box-to-boxMidfielder.

Against Morocco, Griezmann created twice as many chances as any other player on the pitch and was instrumental in the run-up to TheoHernandez's opener. His effectiveness in defence was just as important, with three clearances, two tackles and two intercepts keeping Morocco at bay.

The build-up to the World Cup final will be dominated by the two players. If France retain the crown, you can be sure that his fingerprints will be all over it.

'This is the Antoine Griezmann show'

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Antoine Griezmann
Melissa Reddy believes Antoine Griezmann played a pivotal role in France securing their place in the World Cup final, after an impressive 2-0 win against Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium

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Will Kylian Mbappe, who already has a World Cup title to his name, or Lionel Messi, who has been the best in the world for as long as we can remember, come out?

The final between France and Argentina is more than just a fight between Messi and Mbappe.

The contrast between Argentina and France is incredible, and I followed them from the very beginning.

The whole press pack was talking about Messi's big chance to win the World Cup. They were on a 35 game winning streak. There was a sense of calm but there was also a feeling of shock.

Messi takes games by the scruff of the neck for them and does things only he can do.

Journalists said there were too many players missing for France to mount a challenge when they first met. The core of the team has been decimated by injuries.

They began to comprehend after a few games. Even though England played better than England did against France, there was never a sense of real danger for them because of the sense of unity in that squad. They know what they have to do and they are calm.

I know people want me to talk about Mbappe and Messi, but this has been the main focus. He has been one of France's best players.

He was in the middle of the field against Morocco. He was the one who built up the attack. He was one of the last defenders. He is an amazing player.

France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates with Olivier Giroud after the game
Image: France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates with Olivier Giroud after the game

If France beat Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday, head coach DesChamps will become the first man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a manager.

Deschamps said he was proud when he achieved a result like this. The final is on Sunday. We showed our quality, experience and team spirit in the victory. Even in the challenging moments of the match, I am proud of my players.

Lionel Messi has been in great form at the start of the tournament. In Russia, four years ago, he played as a centre forward against us, which caught us by surprise. He is one of the greatest players in the world now that he is playing behind the centre forward.

In previous matches, the Argentina team has not always been as strong. At the end of the first half and beginning of the second half, we were not perfect. We could have played better.

Both teams in the final are better than they have been so far in the tournament, and we have two sides with a lot of quality. The team that makes fewer mistakes might win the game. The winner of the match will do that.

Benzema to make sensational return in final?

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France striker Karim Benzema will miss the World Cup
France head coach Didier Deschamps has addressed reports claiming that Karim Benzema could make a shock return in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Deschamps refused to rule out Benzema's performance in the final.

The Ballon D'or winner suffered a thigh injury in France's first training session in Qatar but Deschamps chose not to call up a replacement, meaning he remains part of the France squad.

There is a report that Benzema could come back to France. Is it real? Is there a chance that you could use him for a short period of time?

Deschamps smiled and said he didn't want to answer that question. Next question, right? I apologize