Although Sunday's Man of the Match, Antoine Griezmann scored a penalty in his side's 4-2 victory over Croatia, it was only his fourth goal of the tournament, meaning that England's Harry Kane was the victor of the Golden Boot for the World Cup's top scorer. "If we are like today, through all the tournament, I believe we can go far". As the team's captain, he was a big reason Croatia were able to advance to its first-ever World Cup final. But then we saw why he is likely to be one of the most exciting players in world football for the next decade.
The Englishman scored six goals in the competition. With both teams playing 4-2-3-1, the Croatian playmaker lined up in the middle of the attacking three behind Mario Mandzukic, whereas Mbappe was on the right of France's three.
This was no classic.
The 19-year-old became the first teenager since Pele to score in a World Cup final as he netted France's final goal from the edge of the area.
The midfielder scored in the shoot-outs against both Denmark and Russian Federation in the last 16 and quarter-final matches. Modric stepped up to take it, only to see Kasper Schmeichel make a brilliant save.
Other players in the running for the award were Edin Hazard (France), Antoine Griezmann (France), Perisic (Croatia) and Courtois (Belgium).
Denis Cheryshev's curler for Russian Federation was cancelled out by Andrej Kramaric within the 90 minutes, before Domagoj Vida looked to have headed the victor in extra time. That is why the class of 1998, spearheaded by the event's top goal-scorer Davor Suker, would be etched in the nation's hearts forever.
Perisic thundered a strike against the post in normal time, before England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a stunning stop to deny Mario Mandzukic in extra time.
The title collection also includes three Club World Cups and European Super Cups each, as well as a Spanish League and Cup title each, since he forced a 2012 move to Real after four years in England at Tottenham Hotspur.