Moreover, we can't forget about how Luka Modric was the fuel that helped power his team.
The 19-year-old Mbappe has been the biggest sensation at the tournament in Russian Federation, scoring three goals - including two against Argentina in the round of 16 - and creating havoc for opposing defenses with his pace and his agility.
Griezmann restored France's lead with a cool finish from the spot in the 38th minute and second-half goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe seemed to wrap the affair up.
But it was the Real Madrid midfielder who ended up winning the prize, despite Croatia's defeat in Moscow.
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"I've seen a great deal of hardship in my life", Modric said Saturday, referring to war at home in the 1990s and a recent perjury case. "It's a team that plays with a lot of intensity". Davor Suker won the Golden Boot for the top scorer at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Modic was phenomenal for Croatia at this year's tournament. Will Smith is set to headline the closing ceremony. Of those, three were penalties and two came shortly after corner kicks. The experienced Inter Milan forward has often been the man his nation turns to, having either scored or assisted in 10 goals for Croatia at major tournaments - the joint most with Davor Suker. The players never gave up.
Modric was charged with perjury in March, and defender Dejan Lovren is under investigation for suspected false statements in support of a former director of Dinamo Zagreb, who also was a vice president of the Croatian soccer federation.
"Everyone's asking me about it but I'm not burdened by it", he said.