The match saw heated competition with the official 90-minute time ending with a 1-1 draw. The tie continued throughout the first half of extra time, until Iraq's Amjad Atwan broke it by scoring a penalty kick in the 115th minute.
Tickets are affordably priced and available for fans across the world, starting at just Dhs20 for a Category 4 ticket up to Dhs200 for a Category 1 final ticket.
The newly crowned champions of the world boarded an open top bus and several, including Messi, could be seen singing the words to "Muchachos” while they waited for everyone to get on to travel to the headquarters of the Argentine Football Association.
“We are very ambitious and hungry. We are determined to rewrite the history books. I know we are not the favourites. You may say I am mad, crazy, but a bit of craziness is good. We still want to go further.”
This 2.45-million figure equals an average of 96 per cent occupancy and is higher than the corresponding 2.17-million figure for the 2018 edition.
Chelsea reached the final by narrowly overcoming Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the last-four, while Palmeiras brushed aside Egypt's Al Ahly. The two losing semi-finalists will meet at the Al Nahyan Stadium, with the winner clinching third-place.
Hailing the UAE for delivering a hugely successful event, Infantino said, "I think that it has been a fantastic event here in Abu Dhabi. There has been great organisation and we have loved Abu Dhabi for many years already, so I must thank Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
In a sweeping move to isolate and condemn Russia after invading Ukraine, the International Olympic Committee urged sports bodies to exclude the country's athletes and officials from international events.
Social media, and some more traditional news outlets, had reported that FIFA President Gianni Infantino was considering encouraging referees to play more stoppage time, effectively extending games to 100 minutes, to make up for the amount of time the ball is not in play.