The tournament belonged to Messi, who led Argentina to victory and took home the Golden Ball for the best players in Qatar.

Mbappe, meanwhile, claimed the Golden Boot after a hat trick in the final. His teammate, Griezmann, was brilliant throughout the competition.

One family that would have been extremely proud is the Pacaje family in Chile.


Well, on New Years’ Day this year they gave birth to a child and called it Griezmann Mbappe in honour of the two French football stars.

The local hospital posted a tribute to the newborn that included pictures of the mother and baby, saying: “We say an affectionate hello to Teodora Pacaje for the birth of her first child Griezmann Mbappe on January 1st at 21.09, making him the first Atacama Desert arrival this 2022.”

Even the French Embassy in Chile commented on the newborn, tweeting: “We couldn’t miss this birth and congratulate little Griezmann Mbappe and his parents, as well as wishing all Chileans and French nationals living in Chile a Happy New Year.”

We hope baby Griezmann Mbappe is doing well as he approaches his first birthday.

The parents revealed in an interview with a local newspaper that the father had chosen Mbappe and the mother had picked Griezmann. The baby’s full official name is Griezmann Mbappe Chambi Pacaje.

But Griezmann Mbappe isn’t the only football-themed name in the family.

Far from it, in fact.

That’s because Griezmann Mbappe has a few cousins with rather recognisable names.

These include the likes of Alexis Charles, Andres Iniesta, Neymar Ronaldo, Leonal Messi and a 3-year-old brother named James Modric.

The father of the boy, Hector Chambi, told the local paper: “We are humble people who like football and sport. When I was a child, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, I had a scholarship at the Ramón Tahuichi Aguilar Football School, from where Marco Antonio Etcheverry left, but then I could not continue.

“Now I play and I am the director of Cristal Totora. We have a league in Copiapó where we Bolivians play. I’m a striker. We were champions in 2018.”

Hector added: “If I have possibilities when my little son grows up, I will put him in the football school of Deportes Copiapó.”

We look forward to the birth of Erling Salah, Jude Foden and Karim Bruyne in 2023…

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