2018 World Cup crown belongs to 1998 winners France. Le Bleus thrashed Croatia 4-2 to lift the coveted trophy to erase painful memories of 2006 final when they lost to Italy in post-match penalties. The winning goals came from Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe after Antoine Griezmann penalty gave them a 2-1 lead. Mario Mandzukic scored in both ends after a very unfortunate own goal early on to put his opponents ahead. Today, as we continue to say Allez Allez Le Bleus, we want to recognize one France star who has joined the exclusive club of Champions League and World Cup winners.
9.Raphael Varane- 2018
Raphaël Varane has become the ninth player to feature in European Cup and World Cup final wins in the same year.
How many of the others can you name? 👇👇👇
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) July 15, 2018
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has become the 9th player in European history to lift UEFA Champions League and World Cup in the same year. Real Madrid center-back was in the team that defeated Liverpool 3-1 in UCL final in May. He played a key role throughout the tournament this year as France went all the way to the final to beat Croatia 4-2 to lift the biggest trophy of them all. He has now entered the special hall of fame.
8. Roberto Carlos – 2002
Happy birthday to 2002 World Champion, Roberto Carlos! pic.twitter.com/PxSgO913zE
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) April 10, 2018
In 2002, Real Madrid defeated Bayer Leverkusen to lift UEFA Champions League. Zidane scored the iconic left-foot volley that remains the best in European history. Roberto Carlos was the number one left back in that team. He went on to win the World Cup with his country Brazil in 2002. The tournament was held in Japan and Korea. Ronaldo de Lima scored 8 goals in the tournament earning himself a transfer from Inter Milan to Santiago Bernabeu after becoming a World Champion.