[Happening now] #WorldCup: Live updates: Messi, Mbappe face-off in France, Argentina final clash *See kick-off time, full lineups

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Lionel Messi will be hoping to secure the trophy that would cement his status as perhaps the game’s greatest ever player.

The 35-year-old will bow out on the global stage backed by a soccer-mad country that has sent legions of fans to the Mideast.

Kylian Mbappé could solidify his claim as the young pretender to Messi’s throne if the speedy and skillful young forward can help France become the first team to go back-to-back since Brazil in 1962.

The game which is expected to begin at exactly 4pm, West African time will see the two footballing nations battle to claim the crown of the world’s biggest sporting event.

France team lineup

Team to play Argentina: Lloris, Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, Hernandez, Griezmann, Tchouameni, Rabiot, Dembele, Mbappe, Giroud

Subs: Pavard, Disasi, Guendouzi, Muani, Veretout, Mandanda, Saliba, Coman, Areola, Camavinga, Thuram, Konate, Fofana

Argentina team lineup

Team to play France: Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Messi, Di Maria, Alvarez

Subs: Armani, Foyth, Pezzella, Rulli, Palacios, Correa, Almada, Gomez, Dybala, Jeremias, Lisandro Martinez, Paredes

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