The 2022 World Cup final took place almost a year ago, but football fans remember it like it was yesterday. Especially in Argentina. Enzo Fernandez, for example, remembers every detail, including his altercation with Kylian Mbappe.
“I remember what he told me, things about the game. There were plays where we were celebrating during the game and he was giving us signs like he wanted to f*ll us. He told us they were going to win the final,” Fernandez said of the PSG star in an interview with ESPN.
Argentina and France produced one of the most epic finals in World Cup history, putting on a show in a six-goal thriller decided on penalties. La Albiceleste started to win with goals from Angelo Di Maria and Lionel Messi, but Mbappe forced extra time with a late goal.
In extra time, both Leo and the Frenchman got on the scoresheet again to decide the world champion on penalty kicks. Argentina eventually won in a shootout to secure their third World Cup. Fernandez admitted that he thinks about the performance at least once a day, but he still doesn’t know why Mbappe was so angry with him.
“He got into it with me, I don’t know why. And I have a soldier to defend me. Cuti is crazy, haha. When we scored, I remember he started celebrating in the face.”
While they are the biggest stage for all players, World Cups can also serve as a platform for those looking to make a name for themselves. We saw it in 2010 with Mesut Ozil or in 2014 with James Rodriguez or Keylor Navas.
In Qatar 2022, it was Enzo Fernandez who had a breakthrough tournament. The River Plate product started the competition on the bench, but his place in the starting eleven did not last long. With Argentina facing elimination in their second group stage match against Mexico, Fernandez made an immediate impact when he came off the bench in the second half. He has since remained in the squad for the remainder of the World Cup.
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“I think about the World Cup at least once a day. Something always pops into my head. A memory, something, all the time. Being world champion changed my life completely. It is priceless, it is eternal and final glory,” Fernandez said.