"It was essential not to alert our opponents, otherwise they could have taken advantage of that and targeted this sensitive area. That’s the reason why with the staff and the players we kept it
hidden, even for the final."
-- French star Kylian Mbappe
, who played against Belgium and Croatia in the World Cup semifinals and final with three displaced vertebrae in his back.
Mbappe, who became the second youngest player ever to score in a World Cup final, suffered the injury between the quarterfinals and semifinals. (France Football