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A France side hallmarked by pace and power ascended to immortality as they became World Cup winners for a second time after a 4-2 win over Croatia.
PSG’s Kylian Mbappe scored his fourth goal of the tournament with an excellent strike from distance and became the second-youngest ever to score in a World Cup final.
Here, we analyse the performance of the coveted Real Madrid target.
Teenagers to score in a World Cup final? Pele and now Mbappe. He was born a few months after France’s 1998 triumph but 20 years on, he is already creating his own history with Les Bleus.
It wasn’t his best game in Russia, but then that is more indicative of his pulsating performances in the lead up because he was not phased by the magnitude of the game. No player completed more dribbles (four) and he took his goal supremely well, bulleting a crisp 25-yard strike home.
There is more to come, a frightening prospect, but this was his tournament and his final.
Confidence – Hard to believe Mbappe is still a teenager because it’s not that he plays without the fear created by experience, but that he embraces it and is driven by it. Direct and dazzling, particularly in the second half, he deserved his goal and Hero of the Day honour.
Too fast and furious – Seems a funny thing to say but Mbappe is so quick his momentum sometimes takes him in and out of dangerous positions. He raced into the box on a couple of occasions but then struggled to slow down and lost possession.
Past, present and future. Mbappe is the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele. His performances right now point to a wonderfully gifted and joyous talent. And what is next? Greatness. A hero of this day, and many more.
All statistics are compiled using whoscored.com
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