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Consolation for Luka Modric as he wins World Cup Golden Ball

The Real Madrid star could not guide his side to victory in this afternoon’s World Cup final.

Luka Modric (file pic)
Luka Modric (file pic)
Image: Owen Humphreys

CROATIA’S LUKA MODRIC might not have inspired his side to World Cup glory, but he at least had the consolation of winning the Golden Ball after being deemed the most impressive performer at Russia 2018.

Modric was integral to his side becoming the surprise package of the World Cup by reaching the final.

Meanwhile, France’s Kylian Mbappe won the Fifa Young Player award for his performances at Russia 2018.

The Paris Saint-Germain star is the second French player in a row to win the prize, after team-mate Paul Pogba claimed the prize four years ago.

Harry Kane won the Golden Boot for the 2018 World Cup. The England captain scored six times in seven appearances to claim the accolade for the tournament’s top scorer.

The Tottenham forward is the first England player to win the award since Gary Lineker, who scored six times in the 1986 finals.

Kane finished two goals ahead of Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, Russia’s Denis Cheryshev, Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo and France duo Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, the latter two both scoring in France’s 4-2 final victory over Croatia.

Finally, Belgium and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was the recipient of the golden glove, after registering more clean sheets than any other stopper in the competition.

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