What a match!
Probably the best final since 1994, although, admittedly, my memory only goes back to 1994.
Exciting, excruciating, and while the better team won, I feel terribly sorry for Croatia. Also, I told you that Lloris would drop a clanger.
No community view this time because once you’re down to two teams it doesn’t add any value.
Five teams would have had a winner either way (Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Monaco, Real Madrid), this is a lot more than normal.
Possibly because very few Croats (2/23) play in their home league, and only 9/23 French players play in the French league.
At the last World Cup final, only two teams would have had a winner no matter who won, and those two teams were Real Madrid and Lazio.
Comparing it to the last two Euros, which I can do because this World Cup final was an all European final, in 2016 only Lyon would have had a winner whichever side won, and in 2012 there was only 1, Manchester City who had Mario Balotelli on one side and David Silva on the other.
Six clubs jointly had the most players in the final two teams, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Marseille, Monaco, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid.
Juventus are the club team nearest the centre.