Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball as Mbappe named best young player

The Croatian star was named as the top player in the tournament in Russia despite his side falling in the final to France
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.

In pics: France vs Croatia — The best action from the final

France defeats Croatia 4-2 to lift the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Croatia's Luka Modrić is awarded the Golden Ball.
Kylian Mbappé is awarded the Best Young Player trophy.
Players lift up French coach Didier Deschamps after they win the trophy.
Croatia's Šime Vrsaljko, Domagoj Vida and Vedran Ćorluka console each other after the match.
Croatian players console each other after the match.
French players rush to the pitch after the win.
Mario Mandžukić scores Croatia's second goal, taking the score to 4-2.
Mario Mandžukić doesn't waste too much time in celebrating, as he picked up the ball and rushed back to the center to restart the game.
Kylian Mbappé celebrates his goal.

French players celebrate their fourth goal.
Pogba celebrates his goal.
A French fans shows off his toy rooster at the stands.
French President Emmanuel Macron greets his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović at the stands.
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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.

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