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Barcelona will have a World Cup winner, but who will it be?

Ivan Rakitic or Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele?

England v Croatia: Semi Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The 2018 World Cup takes place on Sunday as France face Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The match is the culmination of what has been a great tournament, and no matter what the result Barcelona will have at least one World Cup winner when the full-time whistle blows.

In the blue corner are Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele who will be hoping to win the World Cup for France for the second time.

Umtiti has featured in five of Les Bleus’ games, he was rested for the match against Denmark when the team had already qualified, and is a key part of the defence alongside Raphael Varane.

He’s also proven a threat in attack and scored the winner against Belgium which sent France into the final.

Belgium v France: Semi Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Dembele has found playing time harder to come by. He’s made four appearances in total (and managed a total of 166 minutes) but has not had much of an impact.

Meanwhile, over in the red and white corner is Ivan Rakitic who has helped lead Croatia’s charge to the final.

The Barcelona midfielder has featured in every game for his team. He also scored the winning penalty in shoot-outs against Denmark and Croatia.

Rakitic reckons Croatia will have plenty of support on Sunday:

“This is a historic game not just for the 13 or 14 players and the squad but also for everybody who is a Croat, There will be 4.5 million players on the pitch.

“I think that you only need to take a look at the footage coming from Croatia to see what’s been going on over the past month.

“It cannot be described with words, that amount of joy, togetherness, unity, pride. It’s incredible. ... If there was a stadium big enough for 4.5 million people, it would be full.”

Source | ESPN

France go into the game as slight favourites, but it’s tough to write Croatia off after the performances they have produced during the tournament.

So which team will you be supporting on Sunday? Let us know your thoughts and predictions for the match in the comments below!

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