The Argentine team thrashed Italy 3-0 and won the Finalissima, in a match that vindicated South American football against the European. Th
The Argentine team thrashed Italy 3-0 and won the Finalissima, in a match that vindicated South American football against the European.
The controversy between Conmebol and UEFA football began last week, when Kylian Mbappé, one of the best players in the world, said that the European teams arrived at the World Cup with a higher level than Argentina and Brazil; because “in South America, soccer is not as advanced as in Europe”.
“The advantage we have is that we always play games at a high level. When we get to the World Cup, we are ready. And Argentina and Brazil, they don’t have that… In South America, football is not as advanced as in Europe. And that’s why when you look at the latest World Cups, it is always the europeans who win“said the French striker.
His comments generated a wave of criticism among soccer fans. Other sports stars such as Sebastián “El Loco” Abreu, Fabinho, Emiliano Martínez, Lautaro Martínez, Ángel Di María and Lionel Messi responded to Mbappé’s words.
“Everyone in South America has a different condition than makes it so much harder and apart from that they are great teams, with great players”, replied the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, to his own teammate, Kylian Mbappé.
The triumph of Argentina, a victory of South America against Europe
The truth is that Argentina’s victory over Italy meant much more than winning the 2022 Finalissima.
For the South American fans, the triumph of the albiceleste was a victory for Conmebol against UEFAand reignited the debate about which continent dominates world football.
At club level, European tournaments have more prestige than South American competitions.
But much of this situation is due to the overwhelming difference between the economic and social development of the countries of the old continentwith respect to Latin American nations.
It should also be noted that players from South America have a strong presence and a key role in each of the biggest clubs in UEFA.
At the national team level, Brazil (5), Argentina (2) and Uruguay (2) have accumulated 9 World Cups. For their part, Germany (4), Italy (4), France (2), England (1) and Spain (1) have a total of 12 world cups.