Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe shirts hang in a marketImage source, PA Media

Excited fans in France and Argentina are getting ready to watch the World Cup final on Sunday.

The history of the two sides is at stake. Only Italy and Brazil have retained the trophy in France's 92-year history.

France's head coach, who captained the team to victory in 1998, is trying to become the first manager in 70 years to win back-to-back titles.

Lionel Messi is responsible for the hopes and dreams of Argentina. He is hoping to win a World Cup winners medal in what will be his last game for his country.

The happiness of the nation is riding on the World Cup final.

Argentina is experiencing a deep economic downturn. Lionel Messi and the Argentina team doing well to get to the final and everyone here now seems to have parked their worries and instead are concentrating on football.

A stall in Buenos Aires adorned with Argentine paraphernaliaImage source, Getty Images
Image caption, A stall in Buenos Aires adorned with Argentine paraphernalia

"This country has been hit so hard, the cup is unifying us, we have this personality, the best footballer in the world and he's loved everywhere," says the bar owner.

The entire team is doing well.

According to Luis, the football pitches have a heartbeat. Every Argentine sees themselves as a coach, everyone has a different opinion, but the moment we celebrate, we cry, we cry a lot.

A man walks past a mural of Lionel Messi and Diego MaradonaImage source, Getty Images
Image caption, In Buenos Aires, a mural of the country's two iconic payers - Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona - highlights the excitement in the air

The match means a lot to Martin, an Argentine who lives in France but is on holiday with his family.

Since he was born in the 90s, he hasn't seen Argentina win a world title. It's Messi's last World Cup, and it's a great opportunity for him.

It is a chance for Argentina to show their pride in their country.

In Paris, excitement is getting very high.

This is the fourth final for France in the World Cup. In its last 10 World Cup matches against South American teams, France has a perfect record. Argentina defeated us in 1978

Excited fans in ParisImage source, Getty Images

South American football is not as advanced as European because of the lower level of competition.

Brazil won the cup in 2002 and Argentina hasn't won since 1986.

The last France-Argentina encounter, in the Round of 16 in Russia, which France famously won 4-3, was recalled by him.

There are many reasons for France to be confident. There are more reasons for wreaking their revenge.

A mural of Kylian Mbappe in the Paris suburbsImage source, Reuters
Image caption, France will be hoping their talisman Kylian Mbappe can recapture the form he showed earlier in the competition

The president and his wife are on their way to the Middle East.

The delegation will include the first woman in charge of a men's World Cup match.

The president is in the country for the second time in four days. He promised at the beginning of the competition that he would fly out for the semi-finals.

The further France has progressed in the championship, the less calls for a boycott have become, even though there has been some criticism of the president.

  • France
  • Argentina
  • Emmanuel Macron
  • Paris
  • Buenos Aires