A man passes by a mural in Buenos Aires depicting Argentine football stars Lionel Messi (left) and the late Diego Maradona on the eve of the World Cup final. Photo: AFP
A man passes by a mural in Buenos Aires depicting Argentine football stars Lionel Messi (left) and the late Diego Maradona on the eve of the World Cup final. Photo: AFP

Fifa World Cup: France stand on brink of history, but Messi fairy tale has Deschamps’ side cast as villains of the piece

  • Lionel Messi looking to complete impressive resume with one trophy that still alludes him
  • But France are on cusp of becoming first team in 60 years to successfully defend title

A man passes by a mural in Buenos Aires depicting Argentine football stars Lionel Messi (left) and the late Diego Maradona on the eve of the World Cup final. Photo: AFP
A man passes by a mural in Buenos Aires depicting Argentine football stars Lionel Messi (left) and the late Diego Maradona on the eve of the World Cup final. Photo: AFP
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