The 2022 FIFA World Cup comes to an end on Sunday, when France and Argentina play in what is expected to be a grand final (9 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app).
Ahead of the game, we asked FOX Sports soccer analysts Sacha Kljestan, Laken Litman and Martin Rogers to predict what they think could happen. Here’s what they had to say:
1. Did your pick to win the tournament make it to the finals? If not, who was it?
Kljestan: No, I chose Brazil. I thought they were the strongest team going in, but they blew their chance against Croatia.
Litman: Yes! I feel very smart for picking Argentina to win it all. And I hope to feel even smarter after they win and Lionel Messi gets his World Cup trophy.
Rogers: Not even close. I chose Spain.
2. Who do you think will win between Argentina and France and why?
Kljestan: I have France winning 3-2 in a very entertaining and competitive game.
Litman: Argentina — I’m a fan of fairy tales. Although they don’t usually go the way I want, I think Messi and Argentina are destined to win.
Rogers: Argentina Don’t expect to see Messi walking this path – it will be a handful. Also, a big part of the reason France beat them in 2018 was the job N’Golo Kante did in managing Messi. It’s not here this time.
3. Out of Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi, who are you most excited to see in the final and why?
Kljestan: Antoine Griezmann. This time he was the unsung hero of France. Last World Cup he scored goals, this time he does everything. Defense and play. It’s been incredible.
Litman: Julián Álvarez for Argentina. I’ve been really impressed with him this whole tournament and I love how Messi seems to have taken him under his wing. The superstar has been disinterested when he sees that Alvarez has more opportunities and gives him an assist.
Rogers: Griezmann and Alvarez. At different stages in their careers, but both brilliant to watch.
4. Would a World Cup title cement Lionel Messi’s status as the GOAT? Why or why not?
Kljestan: No, he’s already the GOAT and he doesn’t need that World Cup title to prove it. Although if he won it, it would be indisputable.
Litman: Yes. It’s the one important thing that has eluded him throughout his career. This is for immortality!
Rogers: It doesn’t solidify it, but it certainly put him firmly in the conversation with Pelé and Diego Maradona, while lifting him above Ronaldo as the best of this generation.
5. If the tournament ended today, who would be your choice for the Ballon d’Or and why?
Kljestan: Right now Messi is the Ballon d’Or winner, but Mbappé is right there. Whoever has a better finish must win the trophy as the best player of the tournament.
Litman: Messiah He has been the X-factor since Argentina’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia and willed his team to the final.
Rogers: Slight advantage of Mbappé over Messi, but it is close.
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