As Croatia’s World Cup fairytale came to an end on Sunday night, Luka Modric received a slight consolation as he was awarded the Golden Ball prize.
Modric and Croatia were unable to take that final leap of faith at the Luzhniki Stadium as they were beaten 4-2 by a strong side – with the aid of some VAR controversy – and were forced to settle for a runner’s up medal. The captain was voted the best player in the tournament ahead of and and embraced Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic after being given the award during a ceremony that also saw claim the young player prize. Luka Modric looks slightly disheartened as he holds his Golden Ball prize on Sunday night Modric stands with Kylian Mbappe who wins the young player of the tournament award
Modric scored twice during the competition in Russia and was central to all that was exciting about this talented side. Elsewhere, England skipper Harry Kane won the Golden Boot after finishing top scorer with six goals as he beat Mbappe, Griezmann and Romelu Lukaku to the trophy.
Of his goals in Russia, three were penalties, but that will be no concern of his as he replicates the accomplishment of Gary Lineker at the 1990 finals. Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois was named best goalkeeper with the Golden Glove with the third-place nation finishing the tournament as the highest-scoring team with 16 goals from 10 different players. Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois was awarded the Golden Glove for his efforts at the World Cup