Kylian Mbappe of France has won the Golden Boot award after scoring a stunning hat-trick in France’s 2022 World Cup final loss to Argentina on Sunday.
It brought his overall competition total to 12.
He defeated Argentina’s Lionel Messi, who scored twice in the final, and finished the World Cup with seven goals.
The 23-year-old PSG forward scored his first of the tournament in France’s opening game, a 4-1 win against Australia. He then scored both in a 2-1 win against Denmark but did not get on the scoresheet in the 1-0 defeat to Tunisia.
In the round of 16 he scored two more in a 3-1 win over Poland before again not scoring in the quarterfinal victory against England and the semifinal win against Morocco.
Argentina went on to win the final 4-2 on penalties after the game ended 3-3 after extra-time.
France had come from two goals down to level over 90 minutes with Kylian Mbappe netting twice in two minutes, including an 80th-minute penalty.
Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved Kingsley Coman’s penalty and Aurelien Tchouameni fired wide to give Argentina their first world title since 1986, and third overall.
France had come from two goals down to level over 90 minutes with Mbappe netting twice in two minutes, including an 80th-minute penalty.
The France striker completed his hat trick in the 118th with another spot-kick after Messi had tapped in for a 3-2 lead in the 109th minute.
Argentina had gone 2-0 up in the first half with Messi, making a record-breaking 26th World Cup appearance, converting a 23rd-minute penalty.
They struck again with a sublime four-pass counter-attack as Alexis Mac Allister’s cutback found Angel Di Maria and he finished well.