Argentina has risen to the top of the FIFA World Cup after 36 years. The presence of Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), who played a big role from the group stage to the final, was great, but the leadership of coach Lionel Scaloni (44), who made bold and accurate decisions throughout the tournament, also shone dazzlingly.

Argentina won the 2022 메이저놀이터 FIFA World Cup final against France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on the 19th (Korean time) after a 3-3 draw through extra time and a 4PK2 victory in the penalty shootout.

With this, Argentina reached the top of the tournament 36 years after winning the World Cup in Mexico in 1986, and achieved three championships in total.

Messi is the key to Argentina’s victory. Messi scored 7 goals and 3 assists, including scoring multiple goals in the final, and relieved his sorrow for himself and his country.

Scaloni’s leadership also played a big part here.

After his active retirement in 2015, Scaloni, who did not receive much attention as a player, served as head coach for Sevilla and the Argentina national team. And in 2018, when coach Jorge Sampaoli put down the helm of the Argentine national team due to poor performance, he took over as acting manager.

Afterwards, Scaloni, who took over as the official manager of Argentina, proved his leadership by leading the team to the top of the Copa America in 2021. It was Messi’s first major tournament in which he reached the top in an Argentinian uniform.

Argentina, led by Scaloni, continued its undefeated record (26 wins, 10 draws) in 36 A-matches ahead of the World Cup finals, and was on the rise.

However, Argentina suffered a shocking 1-2 defeat in the first leg of the group stage against Saudi Arabia. The results of the match as well as the contents of the match were disappointing, and some were concerned about Argentina’s early elimination.

In a situation of unrest, manager Scaloni took extraordinary measures. When Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Leandro Paredes (Juventus), and Alejandro Gomes (Sevilla), who were key players in the Copa America championship and World Cup South American qualifiers, were sluggish, Julian Alvarez (Manchester City) and Alexis McAllister (Brighton) , Enzo Fernandez (Benfica) and other young players.

Young players who took the opportunity to participate infused a wide range of activities and strong pressure into the team. Álvarez scored four goals, while McAllister and Fernandez also scored at crucial moments.

In addition, coach Scaloni overwhelms the opponent by changing the starting list to match the opponent in each game. The three-back in the quarter-final against the Netherlands and the four-member central midfielder in the semi-final against Croatia were all successful.

In the final match, coach Scaloni made a strong move by introducing Angel Di María, who was excluded from the selection after the third group match against Poland, as the starter. Coach Scaloni placed Di Maria, who previously played as a right-sided striker, on the left side, and it was a great success.

Di Maria showed light movement from the left flank from the start of the game, and scored a penalty kick that led to Messi’s opening goal in the 23rd minute of the first half. After 13 minutes, he scored an extra goal in a counterattack situation.

Coach Scaloni prepared for the final match by introducing Paolo Dybala, Gonzalo Montiel and Leandro Paredes, who are strong in penalties after going into extra time. All those selected by Scaloni shed tears of joy as they scored.

Director Scaloni is a young director at 44 years old. Scaloni, who still has a bright future, has proven his leadership skills by sweeping the Copa America and World Cup consecutively. Argentina signed a renewal contract with coach Scaloni early on until 2026, so worries about the leader are alleviated for the time being.