After 63 games, the World Cup in Qatar will end on Sunday at Lusail Stadium with the match between the defending champions, France, and the third-place team, Argentina.
On Saturday, Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 in a thrilling third-place match that set the stage for the main event, in which France stands between Lionel Messi and has a chance to win Olympic gold.
Didier Deschamps, the man in charge of France’s dugout, has already earned a spot among the sport’s all-time greats, both as a player and a coach, and now he has a chance to become the first coach in the post-World War II era to win back-to-back titles.
In the round of 16, France beat Argentina 4-3 in what many people thought was the most exciting game of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Messi, 35, will be competing in his final World Cup game, while Mbappe, 23, is Messi’s teammate at Paris St. Germain.
Both players have scored five goals so far at the World Cup and are in the running for the Golden Boot as the tournament’s leading scorer and the Golden Ball as the tournament’s most valuable player, giving them a chance to take home a total of three trophies from Qatar.