This will never happen again.

Everything it had. They are going to head to head. Goals that are dramatic. A nail-biting penalty shootout decider.

Sports stars around the world were riveted and people in Lusail Stadium were treated to a mouth-watering showpiece.

Ferdinand said that he couldn't imagine two great teams going toe to toe and no one taking a back step.

Two superstars on either team are scoring goals.

Alan Shearer said that it was an unbelievable final. I don't think I'll ever see anything like that again. It was really big.

Lionel Scaloni said he was calm and could not hide his joy.

The match was really crazy. We could have won in the first 90 minutes.

I have the best feelings of my life. How we accomplished this is the most important thing.

How a fabulous final unfolded

  • 23 mins - Argentina 1-0 France - Messi scores a penalty
  • 36 mins - Argentina 2-0 France - Angel di Maria doubles Argentina's lead
  • 80 mins - Argentina 2-1 France - Mbappe responds with a penalty
  • 81 mins - Argentina 2-2 France - Mbappe equalises with stunning volley
  • 108 mins - Argentina 3-2 France - Messi restores Argentina's lead in extra-time
  • 118 mins - Argentina 3-3 France - Mbappe nets his hat-trick to set-up shootout decider

Much of the focus was on Argentina's Messi and France's Mbappe before kick-off as both were level in the race for the golden boot and seen as the superstars to lead their teams to glory

Argentina took just four minutes to score their first goal of the game, and went on to dismantle the defending champion.

Messi scored from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute and Angel di Maria made it 2-0 13 minutes later.

After half an hour, France was in disarray and the player with the least touches was Kylian Mbappe.

After 41 minutes, the manager made a double substitution, hooking the two players and replacing them with the other two.

Reporters around the world were finalising their match reports at the half-time break, as France and Argentina were cruising at 2-0.

The drama had yet to start.

The game changed in a 97-second period after France tested Argentina's goalkeeper for the first time in the 67th minute.

After Muani went down under a challenge from Nicolas Otamendi in the box, Kylian Mbappe stepped up to fire a penalty.

The game is still going on.

France supporters were still celebrating when Mbappe volleyed in a stunning second to make it 2-2, even though Argentina had barely gotten their breath back. We have extra time here.

This was Messi's night and he thought he had the final say when he poked it over the line.

He was not done yet. He became the second man after England's Sir Geoff Hurst to score three goals in a World Cup final when he netted his hat- trick in the 118th minute.

Argentina got their hands on the trophy for the first time in 26 years after Martinez saved a penalty and Aurelien Tchouameni missed the kick.

Which was the best World Cup final? Vote below

Click here to vote if you're viewing the page on the news app.

How social media reacted to 2022 showpiece

BBC Sounds logo

You can get a daily dose of the World Cup on the radio.

Around the BBC footer - Sounds