FIFA 2018: Croatia’s Luka Modric Wins Golden Ball


Moscow: England captain Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot after finishing as the World Cup’s top scorer with Croatia’s Luka Modric winning the Golden Ball for being the player of the tournament.

Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard was the second best player, with France forward Antoine Griezmann third. His French team-mate Kylian Mbappe won the Young Player Award. Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois was awarded the Golden Glove for being the leading goalkeeper.
Kane is the second Englishman to end as the top scorer in a World Cup after Gary Lineker scored six goals in 1986.

Mbappe and Griezmann, who both scored in France’s 4-2 final win over Croatia, ended on four goals apiece, two behind Kane. Russia’s Denis Cheryshev, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku also scored four times.

Kane, the Premier League top scorer in two of the past three seasons, also became the first Englishman since Tommy Lawton in 1939 to score in six consecutive internationals, although he did not net in England’s last three matches in Russia.

The 24-year-old’s goals all came in England’s first four games, with three from the penalty spot. “It shows we had a good group stage and scored a lot of goals,” he told ITV after Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Belgium in the third-fourth play-off. “Obviously I’m disappointed I couldn’t get a goal in the last few gam