When Was the Last Time Argentina Won the World Cup?

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Lionel Messi's long-awaited World Cup championship has many soccer fans asking: When Was the Last Time Argentina Won the World Cup?
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BetMGM @BETMGM Dec 18, 2022, 4:26 PM
  • Argentina defeated France on penalty kicks in the 2022 World Cup Final.
  • Argentina hasn’t won a World Cup since the 1980s.
  • Argentina appeared in two other World Cup Finals since its last championship.
  • Lionel Messi has finally won a World Cup.

An epic conclusion to the 2022 World Cup defied any and all predictions for Argentina vs. France. Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe put on a show for the ages.

Even non-soccer fans came out in droves to praise the beautiful game. 

Now, with a dramatic six-goal game ultimately decided by penalty kicks after more than 130 minutes of time on the field, football historians and soccer odds aficionados are out in force to contextualize what the big win means for Argentina.

Who Won the 2022 World Cup?

Argentina defeated France on penalty kicks in the championship round of the 2022 World Cup, hosted by Qatar. The game was tied at 2-2 after 90 minutes and 3-3 after extra time.

When Was the Last Time Argentina Won the World Cup?

Argentina last won the FIFA World Cup in 1986, defeating West Germany in the championship round, 3-2. 

Argentina World Cup Wins

Argentina’s championship at Qatar’s 2022 World Cup is its third all-time World Cup win. It also notched championships in 1978 and 1986. It was the host nation during its first championship.

Argentina appeared in two World Cup finals in the 36 years between its second and third championships. It lost both games, 1-0.

How Many World Cups Has Lionel Messi Won?

Lionel Messi had accumulated one of the greatest resumes of any soccer player to ever run on a pitch, but he’d never won a World Cup. That changed with Argentina’s victory over France in the 2022 championship final.

World Cup Final Highlights

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