The 2022 World Cup ended on Sunday with Lionel Messi’s Argentina winning the coveted trophy after beating France. The victory also saw the Paris Saint-Germain star scoop one of the individual prizes on the plate in the competition in Qatar.
His teammate and French forward Kylian Mbappe also claimed one of the prizes as the global football showpiece ended in the Middle East.
2022 World Cup Award Winners
Following the World Cup, here is a compilation of the award winners for the 2022 edition:
- Adidas Golden Ball Award – Lionel Messi
The former Barcelona star claimed the Golden Ball for the best player at this year’s World Cup after leading his team to victory.
Messi scored twice in the final in Doha, taking his tally of goals at the tournament to seven. He also scored in the shoot-out as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties following a 3-3 draw after extra time.
His teammate Mbappe came second for that award but did win the Golden Boot for the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals, one ahead of the Argentine skipper.
Luka Modric came third in the running for the best player after helping Croatia finish third.
- Adidas Golden Boot Winner – Kylian Mbappe (France)
Mbappe got FIFA Golden Boot Award at the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match.
He became just the second player after Geoff Hurst to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. Overall, the PSG star scored eight goals to pip Messi to the award.
- Adidas Golden Glove Winner – Emiliano Martinez (Argentina)
Argentina’s Sunday victory won’t have been possible but for the heroics of Emiliano Martinez. The Aston Villa goalkeeper was in imperious form throughout the tournament and underlined his importance to the team with some eye-dropping saves in the final against Les Bleus.
The Aston Villa goalkeeper deservedly got the Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper of the tournament after saving Kingsley Coman’s effort in the penalty shoot-out.
Martinez also made an extra-time save to deny Randal Kolo Muani a goal in the fiercely-contested final.
Before then, the shot-stopper was the hero when the Abiscelete defeated The Netherlands in the quarter-final, saving two penalties in the shoot-out victory.
- FIFA 2022 Young Player Award – Enzo Fernandez (Argentina)
Another Argentine, Enzo Fernandez, scooped the Best Young Player award on Sunday. The 21-year-old Benfica man scored against Mexico in the group stage after starting the first two games from the bench.
- Budweiser Player of The Match – Lionel Messi
Again, Messi, who many regard as the greatest player of all time, scooped the Player of the Match Prize for the final. He scored twice, taking his tally to seven in the competition.
- Fair Play Award – England
Although they left the competition in the quarter-final, the Three Lions of England won the Fair Play award. They had just one booking in five games in Qatar.