Argentina win FIFA World Cup 2022 and their players bagged Golden Ball, Glove and Young player award

Argentina win FIFA World Cup 2022 and their players bagged Golden Ball, Glove and Young player award

If you started watching Football after 2010, then i bet you have never seen a World cup like the 2022 edition. Because i was born in India, football was always overshadowed by Cricket especially in my region but the “Beautiful Game” eventually attracted me as well.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup at Qatar was on the news even before it started. I will not mention the reason why but it was the tournament of Firsts. First Winter World cup, first Gulf nation to host, First World cup which had an African nation in the Semi-finals, first World cup where 3 Asian nations qualified for the Round of 16 and now the first World cup where a the winners have 3 players to win the Individual awards.

I am talking about Lionel Messi of course but i’m also talking about Emiliano Martinez and Enzo Fernandez who won the Golden Ball, Golden Glove and Young player of the tournament respectively. With these 3 on the podium, Argentina are the first WC winners to have white washed the individual laurels.

In this feature, we will revisit their performance which led them to FIFA World cup triumph.

Enzo Fernandez (Young Player of the Tournament) – 21-year-old Enzo Fernandez has become the first South American footballer to win the Young player of the tournament. His team mate Julian Alvarez had a great outing in this edition as well scoring 4 goals including a brace in the semi-final but Enzo Fernandez’s solidity in the midfield made him the best youngster of 2022 WC. The Benfica Midfielder defeated Jude Bellingham, Goncalo Ramos and Aurelin Tchouameni to win this prestigious award in his first ever World cup campaign. Fernandez made his Senior debut for La Albiceleste earlier in September and already became a starter for Lionel Scaloni. The Midfielder mainly operated as a Defensive mid in Qatar and fixed his spot at the Starting eleven after scoring against Mexico in the second Group stage match. He played in all 7 matches and provided a good defensive strength. Last night against France he enabled Rodrigo De Paul to play in an advanced role and open the French defense. In the final, Fernandez topped all players in touches (118), successful passes (77), and tackles (10). His 10 tackles were the most by any player in a World Cup final since Gennaro Gattuso in 2006 (15).

Emiliano Martinez (Golden Glove Winner) – The Savior of Argentina on so many occasions even in the Final. Is Emiliano Martinez the best Argentine goalkeeper ever? Just like Enzo, he also became the first South American player to win the Golden Glove. His journey so far has been simply sensational and he helped Messi and Argentina add their 3rd trophy in 2 years. He has been with the team since the Copa America triumph in 2021, where his saves in the penalty shootout against Colombia enabled Argentina to eventually win the final. This world cup, he kept 3 clean sheets and made 3 tournament saving penalties as well.

Lionel Messi (Golden Ball Winner) – Enzo Fernandez and Emiliano Martinez’s captain Lionel Messi grabbed all the news last night for of course winning the world cup but he also bagged home the Golden ball for the second time in his career. He won it first at Brazil 2014 World cup but failed to win the ultimate prize. In this edition, he led from the front and registered 7 goals and 3 assists for Argentina. He had the same goal/assists as Kylian Mbappe (10), Created the second most chances after Antoine Griezmann (21), registered the most shots (32) and second most touches on Opposition box (45). Him winning the World cup was inevitable and thanks to the group of players he had, his Ultimate goal has been fulfilled.