Kylian Mbappé nets World Cup final hat trick to prove his class, but there has to be a winner and a loser

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Kylian Mbappé nets World Cup final hat trick to prove his class, but there has to be a winner and a loser

There is an alternative world in which Kylian Mbappé is now being vetted as France’s saviour.

The scorer of the first men’s FIFA World Cup final hat-trick since Sir Geoff Hurst for England in 1966.

A two-time World Cup champion and the winner of a Golden Boot — all before his 24th birthday.

Instead, Mbappé was sitting in the French dugout, shirt covering his face, as Argentina celebrated the long-awaited coronation of Messi as their undisputed idol.

Kylian Mbappe holds his head with his face covered by his shirt
There is no pain for an athlete like losing a World Cup final.(Getty Images: Michael Regan/FIFA )

Mbappé still made it to the podium, clutching a golden trophy too — although not the one he, nor France, came for — the unsmiling extra in a supplementary scene glorifying Argentina’s World Cup story.

Perhaps unfairly, this final had been defined as a battle between two Paris St Germain men: Lionel Messi and Mbappé.

Enzo Fernandez, Lionel Messi, Emiliano Martinez of Argentina and Kylian Mbappe of France pose with individual trophies.
Mbappé was the unwanted extra in Argentina’s celebratory production.(Getty Images: Khalil Bashar/Jam Media)

Perhaps it will still be defined by that, the old dog getting one up over the young pup.

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