World Cup final has the ingredients to be a classic – and make Kylian Mbappe or Luka Modric the next Ballon d’Or winner

THIS has been the World Cup wherein issues have modified — and on Sunday we is not going to simply see the new winner of the event however the man who will finish a decade of historical past.

I’m proud I used to be  first to be named World Player of the Year, in 1991.

 Luka Modric has his eyes on two prizes

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Luka Modric has his eyes on two prizes
 Kylian Mbappe has the world at his feet as a teenage superstar

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Kylian Mbappe has the world at his ft as a teenage famous person

For the final ten years, the Ballon d’Or has been shared by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, 5 occasions every.

On Sunday afternoon, although, we are going to, I feel, see the next winner — Luka Modric or Kylian Mbappe.

I really like Mbappe. He is so fast, carries the ball so quick and can run the size of the pitch.

He’s nice to watch and will be the next soccer famous person. And Modric has been improbable for Croatia.

 Lothar Matthaus was speaking exclusively to SunSport

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Lothar Matthaus was talking completely to SunSport
Croatia followers collect in Moscow in preparation for World Cup final with France

LUKA DELIGHT

MODRIC has the high quality to transfer round the pitch, all the time working, so it gained’t simply be a battle between him and N’Golo Kante for superiority.

Modric is  the chief of Croatia’s team and  is in a nice situation.

He appears to understand how to pop up wherever his team-mates want him.

France know  they want to deny him time and area on the ball.

 Luka Modric will be key to Croatia winning the World Cup

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Luka Modric will be key to Croatia profitable the World Cup

GOLDEN GLITTER

I DON’T suppose anyone would have imagined Croatia being right here when the World Cup began. But you possibly can see why they’re.

Yet they’ve performed a lot extra soccer than France, which might make a distinction. France had a nothing recreation towards Denmark, which took little or no out of them.

And they’ve gained all three knockout video games  in 90 minutes.

I assumed their win over Argentina was the finest recreation of the World Cup, improbable.

But the video games with Uruguay and Belgium didn’t tax them an excessive amount of.



 Little Luka Modric gave England the run around

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Little Luka Modric gave England the run round

Croatia, although, have had to go to 120 minutes in all three — that’s an additional full recreation of their legs — and the pressure of two penalty shootouts.

They are additionally an ageing aspect — some  are positive to retire from worldwide soccer after this — however their expertise would possibly assist them to cope higher with the scenario.

And towards England it was clear that players like Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic, nonetheless have the motivation, energy and high quality you want to win the World Cup.

Croatia World Cup star Luka Modric herds goats as a five-year-old

PACE IS KING

FRANCE have so many quick players. Croatia is not going to be comfy in any respect towards their tempo.

Not simply Mbappe, but in addition Antoine Griezmann and Blaise Matuidi.

They can assault them with actual venom, not simply quick however good, too, and expose Croatia’s legs. I don’t suppose Croatia will be in a position to cope.

 Kylian Mbappe has grabbed this World Cup with both hands

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Kylian Mbappe has grabbed this World Cup with each arms

LA DEFENSE

I FEEL France are higher organised as nicely and that their defence could show  key.

Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti have been glorious by means of the event, robust and bodily.

And each  have scored a essential objective as nicely.

They give France a actual set-piece risk and when the supply is true, that might assist make the distinction.

France tackle Croatia in the final for the World Cup in Russia

VERDICT

THIS is a final between two teams that comply with fully completely different kinds.

And that’s what makes the showpiece encounter doubtlessly such a good recreation.

There is little doubt that France and Croatia deserve to be in the Luzhniki in Moscow.

 Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium - the stage for Sunday's final

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Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium – the stage for Sunday’s final
 Former Tottenham ace Modric is the jewel in the Croatia side

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Former Tottenham ace Modric is the jewel in the Croatia aspect

They have been two of the three finest footballing sides — together with Belgium — out right here and have survived after they have been underneath stress.

For Croatia, the high quality is of their offence. If they get on prime, they’ll beat any team in the world — and I’d love to see them win this.

But France, with such stars as Kylian Mbappe and N’Golo Kante glowing and igniting their midfield, have a higher stability between the defence and their assault.

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