Modric wins Golden Ball as Mbappe named best young player

Ns News Online Desk:Ns News Online Desk: The Croatian star was named as the top player in the tournament in Russia despite his side falling in the final to France, reports

Luka Modric has been named the 2018 World Cup Golden Ball winner, while France star Kylian Mbappe was named as the best young player at the tournament.

Modric helped Croatia to the World Cup final with his outstanding play in the middle of the park, as 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 as Les Bleus ran to a 4-2 win over Modric and Croatia.

The 19-year-old also scored a brace in a 4-3 win Argentina in the round of 16, with his World Cup exploits at such a tender age matching the likes of Pele in their historical relevance, said.

Meanwhile, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who made 27 saves – some of them outstanding – as Belgium finished in a historic third place, was named as the winner of the Golden Glove as the best keeper after conceding just five goals in seven matches

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