Lionel Messi comforts Kylian Mbappe with a hug in a touching moment before the World Cup final

The touching moment Argentina captain Lionel Messi shares a warm embrace with France hat-trick hero and PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe before the World Cup final presentation in footage released by FIFA

FIFA has released footage of Lionel Messi comforting Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe with a hug after Argentina’s victory over France on penalties in the World Cup final.

France were beaten 4-2 on penalties after drawing a thrilling final 3-3 at the Lusail Stadium, after Mbappe’s hat-trick twice brought them back into the competition.

Mbappe also scored the penalty in the shootout, but his heroics could not prevent Argentina from winning the World Cup for the third time.

Argentina’s triumph saw Messi emulate compatriot Diego Maradona in lifting the trophy, which had previously eluded him.

Messi, who scored twice in the final, embraced Mbappe before the trophy presentation.

The PSG stars were seen sharing a hug in the aftermath of the thrilling final, with Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni seen shaking Mbappe’s hand.

Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick was not enough for France to retain the World Cup in Sunday’s final

Mbappe appeared despondent as he won the Golden Boot and runner-up medal

Mbappe appeared despondent as he won the Golden Boot and runner-up medal

The embraces contrasted with attempts by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been criticized for his persistent attempts to comfort Mbappe after the final.

Mbappe was seen trying to walk away from Macron, after the central politician spoke to him on the pitch and during the trophy presentation.

The 23-year-old striker had cut a neglected figure following the defeat, which came despite becoming the first player since Geoff Hurst in 1966 to score a World Cup final hat-trick.

Lionel Messi had consoled Mbappe moments before he lifted the World Cup trophy

Lionel Messi had consoled Mbappe moments before he lifted the World Cup trophy

Mbappe received the Golden Boot with the hat-trick after seeing him score eight goals in seven games.

He has now scored 12 goals in the two World Cups he has played in, making him level with Pele.

Only five male players have scored more World Cup goals than Mbappe and he is just four goals behind Germany’s Miroslav Klose who currently tops the list.

Mbappe has vowed that France ‘will come back’ after narrowly missing out on retaining the World Cup.

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