Luka Modric Wins ‘Golden Ball’ For Best Player of FIFA World Cup

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was awarded the Golden Ball after being voted the best player at the World Cup.

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Croatia’s Luka Modric and France’s Kylian Mbappe, right, pose with their individual awards at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. 
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Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was awarded the Golden Ball after being voted as the best player at the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Modric, who scored two goals and was crucial to Croatia's three come-from-behind wins in the knockout stages, embraced Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic after being given the award in a rainy ceremony after his team lost the final 4-2 to France.

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Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic embraces Croatia’s Luka Modric after he received the player of the tournament award after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic embraces Croatia’s Luka Modric after he received the player of the tournament award after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2
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England's Harry Kane won the Golden Boot for top scorer with six goals. Of those, three were penalties and two came shortly after corner kicks.

France teenager Kylian Mbappe was voted young player of the tournament, while Belgium's Thibaut Courtois was named best goalkeeper. Belgium finished as the World Cup's highest-scoring team with 16 goals from 10 different players.

Complete List of Prize Winners at FIFA World Cup 2018

Best Player

  1. Golden Ball: Luka Modric (Croatia)
  2. Silver Ball: Eden Hazard (Belgium)
  3. Bronze Ball: Antoine Griezmann (France)

Top Goalscorer

  1. Golden Boot: Harry Kane (England), six goals
  2. Silver Boot: Antoine Griezmann (France), four goals (Takes silver boot on number of assists)
  3. Bronze Boot: Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), four goals

Best Goalkeeper

Golden Glove: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)

Best Young Player

FIFA Young Player: Kylian Mbappe (France)

Fairest Team

FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Spain

Man of the Match (Final)

Antoine Griezmann (France)

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