From Mbappe to Perisic and De Bruyne: How the World Cup's key players rated

Now the tournament in Russia is over, we analyse the performance of a key player from each nation

Croatia's Ivan Perisic gets the ball for a throw in during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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The World Cup may be over but it isn't going to be forgotten just yet, especially after the fantastic final in which France ran out 4-2 winners over Croatia.

So it is time to take stock of events from the past month - the success stories and failures, who deserves to recognised as a World Cup legend, and who turned out to be a massive disappointment.

When The National issued its World Cup wallchart, it also picked a key player from each squad who looked set to star in the footballing jamboree ahead.

Here's a look at who did the business and who came up short.

Click on the bookmark on each player to see how we rated them and if on mobile turn it on its side for a wider view:


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