The quadrennial battle for soccer supremacy has reached its epic finale. While we’ve seen world politics enter the stage, including FIFA rebuffing the Ukrainian President’s message for peace, eyes will be on the pitch as defending champion France will battle Lionel Messi and Argentina. And World Cup bets are tight.
Only a couple of Billion people will be watching.
There has not been a back-to-back World Cup champion since Pele led Brazil to the championship 60 years ago. Messi can equal Argentian legend Diego Maradona and lock in his legacy as one of the all-time greats.
It’s the World Cup. Sporting immortality is at stake.
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The pitch at Lusail Iconic Stadium will be alive and buzzing Sunday at 10 a.m. ET. The culmination of careers and dreams. To become the GOAT, Messi must get through a firm French team with Kylian Mbappe.
Nate Silver’s 538 has Argentina as a slight favorite, but oddsmakers at DraftKings have it as a straight play. Both sides are +180 to win in regular time.
The 35-year-old Messi has been in vintage form. He leads the tournament in the critical offensive categories.
Messi leads in goals (5), assists (3), shots (27), and on targets (14), according to ESPN stats.
A GOAT charging toward destiny can be a powerful energy. If you want to have some fun with the free bets, Argentina is +550 with a 1.5 goal spread. France is +600. If you use the free $50 DraftKings bet (first timers only), that’s a $275 payout on Argentina and $300 on France.
That could be a lot of fun on Sunday morning.
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Messi and Mbappe are both odds-on favorites to score first. Each is going off at +400. No goalscorer pays +700.
Both Messi and Mbappe are +140 to have two targets on net.
Julian Alvarez and Olivier Giroud are +225 and +250, respectively, to have two targets.
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