Modric wins Golden Ball as World Cup’s player of the tournament

Jose Verdugo
Julio 15, 2018

Although Sunday's Man of the Match, Antoine Griezmann scored a penalty in his side's 4-2 victory over Croatia, it was only his fourth goal of the tournament, meaning that England's Harry Kane was the victor of the Golden Boot for the World Cup's top scorer.

"You don't have to be a strapping lad to play football", he said ahead of the final. "What is the most important is never to give up, never to give in to circumstances, to trust yourself".

Modric and Mbappe with their awards after the World Cup final.

Croatia captain Luka Modric believes the toughness of his World Cup squad has some roots in the war that broke up the former Yugoslavia.

"Actually, I am focused on my team's success", Modric said. He replied by saying "I don't like to go back to these things".

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"The success, the heart, the strength, and the experience, everything they demonstrated, make us all proud", Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic told lawmakers on Thursday.

Mbappe, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Russia's Denis Cheryshev also scored four goals, but lost out on the assists tiebreaker.

As the 120th minute approached, the match was labouring towards a penalty shootout, until a brilliant Luka Modric pass set Ante Rebic through, with the pacey forward winning a penalty. The French defeated Croatia in the semifinals that year, which until now had been the country's best showing at the tournament. They included Modric's 2008 sale to Tottenham and Lovren's 2010 move to Lyon.

"Without their character, without their fortitude, they wouldn't have reached this final", the coach said through a translator.

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