The dust has settled after a glorious month of action-packed drama in the Middle East as Argentina secured their third World Cup triumph. However, we are all already looking forward to the return of Serie A which will restart on January 4, including a mouth-watering clash between Inter and Napoli to kick things off in the new year. Nonetheless, that is still some time away so for now, we take you through the best Serie A XI from the 2022 World Cup, including Angel Di Maria, Marcelo Brozovic and Olivier Giroud.
As the curtain falls on one of the most unusual of tournaments, the 2022 World had produced a plethora of iconic moments and events that will remain carved in our memories for a long time. Some are controversial whereas others are dramatic or heart-warming, but they're sensational all the same.
Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti had already spoken out before the World Cup final, declaring that his opinion of Lionel Messi wouldn’t change irrespective of the outcome of the showdown clash against France. Having been crowned world champions, Argentina lifted their third world title – a first since the days of Diego Maradona in 1986.
Inter offensive-minded right-back Denzel Dumfries is among a select group of players to have seen their market value hit the roof due to their impressive exploits in Qatar. As international football's biggest tournament, the World Cup often plays a massive role in determining a player's price tag.
Juventus veteran Angel Di Maria played a prominent role in helping Argentina win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar en route to cementing his place in the history books. The 34-year-old winger made a flattering personal milestone at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in the process.
The 2022 World Cup has taken its final curtain call as Argentina and Lionel Messi were crowned world champions after one of the best finals of all-time. Below, we take a look at the World Cup Best XI but with the caveat of allowing just one player per nation.
Juventus already held the record for most World Cup champions before the recent edition. They added to it in Qatar as Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes lifted the trophy. Twenty-seven Bianconeri have done it over the years. Roma also made history thanks to Paulo Dybala.
France failed to defend the World Cup title as they fell short to Argentina on penalties in one of the most breathtaking finals in the competition's history. After a 3-3 draw, the defending champions failed to keep their cool in the shootout, surrendering the crown to the South American champions.
Argentina prevailed over France on penalties after the regular and extra times ended in a 3-3 goal-fest. Even though it took a cruel shootout lottery to determine the winner, the game at the Lusail Iconic Stadium will make for a tale to be told their grandchildren by those who were fortunate enough to see it live.
Argentina came out on top of a nerve-shredding penalty shootout to sink reigning World Cup champions France in one of the most exciting finals ever. Following an action-packed 3-3 draw, La Albiceleste showed more composure when it mattered the most to win the prize.
Morocco found themselves on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline in today's 2022 World Cup third-place playoff encounter against Croatia at the Khalifa International Stadium. The tournament's surprise package failed to shine without several key first-team players and eventually had to settle for a third-place finish.
Croatia came out on top of an exciting 2022 World Cup third-place playoff tie against Morocco, claiming a hard-fought 2-1 win at the Khalifa International Stadium. All three goals came in an action-packed first half as beaten finalists from 2018 won their second bronze medal at the World Cup.