Croatia captain and midfielder Luka Modric was awarded with the Golden Ball award on Sunday، after the FIFA World Cup final against France، who won the title for the second time.
Spectacular performances against England in the semifinals and Russia in the quarterfinals saw Modric emerge as a strong contender for Golden Ball as he took Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final. He scored two goals in Russia and rebounded from missing an extra-time penalty against Denmark by converting in the ensuing shootout. Modric has been selected as the Man of the Match three times in the Russia World Cup.
The Golden Ball is voted on by a panel and awarded to the best player at the tournament. FIFA named Real Madrid midfielder Modric as the best player in the tournament after the final that France won 4-2 against Croatia.
Previously، players like Ronaldo (1998)، Oliver Kahn (2002)، Zinedine Zidane (2006)، Diego Forlan (2010) and Lionel Messi (2014) have won the prestigious award