Sixth straight World Cup final featuring Real Madrid representation

The Real Madrid trio of Varane, Modric and Kovacic will do battle for the World Cup crown in Russia.
Raphaël  Varane, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic will be the Real Madrid representatives in Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia (5pm CEST). Since the 1998 finals, each World Cup showpiece has featured at a Real Madrid player. Including the Russia 2018 tournament, at least one Whites' player has been involved in the last 10 tournament showpieces.
The first Real Madrid involvement in a final came back in 1974, when Netzer featured for West Germany. The other madridistas to have reached the tournament's showdown are Stielike (1982), Valdano (1986), Ruggeri (1990), Karembeu (1998), Roberto Carlos (1998 and 2002), Zidane (2006), Casillas, Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Van der Vaart (2010) and Khedira and Di María (2014).

A guaranteed madridista World Cup winner
The fact that the final will be contested by France and Croatia means that a Real Madrid player is guaranteed to lift the World Cup and become the first player to do so since Khedira, who tasted glory with Germany at Brazil 2014. This encounter will represent a maiden World Cup final appearance for Varane, Modric and Kovacic. The French defender has featured in all six of his team's games and has been a key figure at the heart of the defence, whilst weighing in with a goal in the quarter-final meeting with Uruguay. As for Modric, he has led the way for Croatia in their journey to the final. A mainstay of the team, he has two goals to his name and has claimed the Man of the Match honours on three occasions. Kovacic, meanwhile, has featured in five of Croatia's six games.