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FIFA World Cup 2018 | Croatia’s Luka Modric clutches Golden Ball, England’s Harry Kane wins Golden Boot
MOSCOW, July 16, 2018: Luka Modric has won the Golden Ball for the best player at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and England's Harry Kane took the Golden Boot.
The Croatia captain and Real Madrid midfielder inspired his side to the final for the first time in their history but was powerless to prevent Didier Deschamps' men from taking the trophy 4-2 in Moscow.
Modric beat Belgium forward Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann, who claimed a winner's medal after netting for Les Bleus in the final, to the prize.
FIFA's Technical Study Group decided the winner of the award, which was given to Argentina's Lionel Messi in 2014.
Past winners include Zinedine Zidane, Brazil great Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and Paolo Rossi.
Modric is also among the early favourites to win the 2018 Ballon d'Or later this year.
Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot for the 2018 World Cup.
The England captain scored six times in seven appearances to claim the prize for the tournament's top scorer.
The Tottenham forward is the first England player to win the award since Gary Lineker, who scored six times in the 1986 finals.
Kane finished two goals ahead of Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, Russia's Denis Cheryshev, Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo and France duo Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, the latter two both scoring in France's 4-2 final victory over Croatia.
The 24-year-old only scored three of his goals from open play, two of which were headers in the 2-1 opening group win over Tunisia. His other came when he deflected in a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot against Panama.
Kane's other three goals came from the penalty spot: two against Panama, and one in the last-16 game with Colombia.
Pictures used in Featured Image: Reuters