Beyond the classic kit that the Croatian team looks, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia final that this Sunday will face Croatia and France is undoubtedly bathed by the ‘rojiblanco’ colours, because no other team on the planet will be represented by so many members of its staff as ours.
Sime Vrsaljko, Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernández and Thomas Lemar make up the quartet of Atlético players who will face, at the Luzhnikí Stadium (Moscow), the match that every player dream to play but only a chosen few manage to do so. A number thanks to which our club becomes the team with more players in this World Cup final, ahead of the three that contribute Olympique de Marseille, PSG, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Likewise, the first three have stood out for their defining role in their respective national teams, while the young Thomas Lemar - in the starting line-up in the match against Denmark- continues to accumulate valuable experience in an unbeatable competitiveness scenario.
Sime Vrsaljko, in the starting line-up in five of the six matches played by Croatia, also signed an exceptional semi-final game against England, which his team won 2-1 with an assist of our fullback in the Croatians' equaliser. In fact, our '16' only missed the last match of the group stage, against Iceland, with his team already qualified and coach Zlatko Dalić giving rest to several of his important men.
For their part, Lucas and Griezmann are indispensable pieces in the scheme of Didier Deschamps. With just 22 years of age and having debuted with the absolute French national team last March, the Atletico fullback, formed since young in our Academy, is the master of the left wing and has played as a starter the six commitments of the ' bleus'.
Our ‘7’ has also been in the starting line-up in those six matches and he has been named the most valuable player in the games that faced his national team with Australia (2-1) and Argentina (4-3). Author of 3 goals and 2 assist so far in the tournament, Griezmann has emerged as the leader of France in the qualifying rounds. In the round of 16, our forward opened the scoring against the ‘albiceleste’; in the round of 8, he assisted for the 1-0 and scored the final 2-0 against Uruguay and in the semi-final he also gave the pass for the only goal in the match between France and Belgium (1-0).
In this way, either Vrsaljko or Lucas, Griezmann and Lemar will become the first world champions to reach this condition by wearing the Atlético de Madrid kit at that moment; an added milestone than our club achieves in those that without a doubt are the best years of its centenarian history.