Who is Argentina’s World Cup hero Gonzalo Montiel?
ARGENTINA have WON the World Cup – and they have one very unlikely hero to thank.
Lionel Messi and Co beat France 4-2 on penalties to win their first World Cup since 1986 after 120 minutes of action finished 3-3.
GettyGonzalo Montiel won the World Cup final for Argentina[/caption]
Argentina were the better side for large parts of the game, but a Kylian Mbappe hat-trick pulled them into the incredible game.
The match eventually went to penalties, where both Messi and Mbappe scored their spot kicks.
Aurelien Tchouameni and Kinglsey Coman missed their penalties for France.
And then a hero stepped up for Argentina – Gonzalo Montiel.
Who is Argentina’s Gonzalo Montiel?
An unlikely match-winner to say the least, Montiel plays his club football for Sevilla as a right-back.
Montiel started the game on the bench, but came on for Lionel Scaloni’s side in the 91st minute.
The 25-year-old defended heroically during extra-time, but he gave away the crucial penalty which Mbappe scored to level things at 3-3.
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Montiel, however, had the last laugh as he stepped up to take Argentina’s fourth penalty.
Cool and collected, Montiel placed the ball to the bottom left of the goal while Hugo Lloris dived the wrong way.
Montiel began his career with River Plate but moved to Sevilla last year on a three-year deal.