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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 August 2018

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 was in fine form during the World Cup, scoring three goals. AP Photo
Croatia's Ivan Perisic was in fine form during the World Cup, scoring three goals. AP Photo

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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