After 64 matches and 172 goals, the month-long footballing showpiece produced a stunning finale at Doha's 89,000-capacity Lusail Stadium, with Argentina claiming the trophy on penalties after a 3-3 draw after extra time.
Messi, playing in his fifth World Cup, scored twice to lead Argentina to a first title since the Diego Maradona-inspired victory in Mexico City in 1986.
It was tough luck on France striker Kylian Mbappe, who scored only the second hat-trick in World Cup final history but still ended up on the losing side.
Argentina opened their campaign with a shock defeat against Saudi Arabia, but recovered brilliantly to reach the final and then lift the coveted trophy.
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