The Croatian captain Luka Modric has been named the FIFA 2018 World Cup Golden Ball winner. While, France’s 19-year old star Kylian Mbappe was named as the best young player at the tournament.
Croatia’s Modric won the Golden Ball despite his side’s defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.
Modric helped Croatia to the World Cup final with his outstanding play in the middle of the park. The nation of just over 4 million people made a fairytale run through the competition with wins over the likes of Argentina and England along the way.
Modric edged out Belgium’s Eden Hazard and France’s Antoine Griezmann, who finished second and third respectively, for top honours. Mbappe was also impressive throughout the tournament and was among the scorers in the final. The 19-year-old also scored a brace in a 4-3 win Argentina in the round of 16.
England’s Harry Kane claimed the Golden Boot for the competition with his six goals for England. His side made it all the way to the semi-final before being knocked out after extra time by Croatia.
Griezmann was the man nearest Kane at the top of the scoring charts. Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku finished third while his side also finished as third after defeating England 2-0.
Lukaku’s team-mate Thibaut Courtois was named as the tournament’s top goalkeeper. He won the Golden Glove award and Spain claimed the FIFA Fair Play trophy.
France’s array of superstars came out to shine as Antoine, Mbappe and Pogba fired them to World Cup glory with an emphatic 4-2 win over Croatia. France became the first team to score four goals in a World Cup final since Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in 1970. While, Croatia are the first team to lose in their first ever appearance in a World Cup final since the Netherlands in 1974.
THE FIFA 2018 AWARDS:
Golden Ball Winner: Luka Modric (Croatia)
Best Young Player Of The Tournament: Kylian Mbappe (France)
Golden Boot Winner: Harry Kane (England)
Golden Glove Award: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
FIFA Fair Play Award: Spain