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And Rakitic suggested he would mark Croatia's success in a special way if his team beat France.

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"It was insane, but this year it's going to be even more", said Maurice, who'd wrapped his shirt over his head to protect it from the sun barrelling down on the crowd, as the score for France was 3-1. "Our motto for the World Cup is "Small country, big dreams".

Mbappe scored France's fourth goal of the final, his fourth in total for the tournament, and following the match was awarded the FIFA Young Player Award.

"I'm very happy for him".

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Some have also included English striker Harry Kane as a candidate for the Golden Ball, who now has six World Cup goals. The Golden Ball was introduced to the World Cup in Spain in 1982 when Paulo Rossi was named as the best player.

In the early hours of Monday morning French and Croatian football fans rugged up in their respective colours with game faces painted on to cheer their teams to victory. But when one did, bang - a player hailed as the new Pelé, the former three-time World Cup victor with Brazil, had arrived.

The Croatians had come back from a goal down in their previous three games, slogged their way through six periods of extra time and two penalty shootouts to get to the final - playing the equivalent of an entire match more than France.

Didier Deschamps' side secured their first World Cup win since lifting the trophy on home soil in 1998.

It may not be the Champs Elysées, but Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal was swarming with red, white and blue Sunday afternoon as France poured in the goals and, finally, won the World Cup 4-2.

The distance between France and Russian Federation has been driven by Russia's actions in Ukraine and Syria. With a Federation Internationale de Football Association world ranking of 20, Croatia is the lowest-ranked team to reach a World Cup final, and this is the furthest they have ever advanced in the competition.

Mario Mandzukic typified their efforts, running himself into the ground in the lone striker role but taking his chance to score the victor clinically when it presented itself almost 20 minutes into extra time.

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