Croatia's Luka Modric wins best player of SWC award

Luka Modric as a 5-year-old

The 2018 World Cup is now officially concluded after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final encounter played on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Modric was named Man of the Match three times in Croatia's seven games in Russian Federation, but even the Real Madrid midfielder was powerless to stop France's firepower and the rise of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.

"He did the lion share of our play and he was a deserved victor of the Golden Ball".

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been awarded the 2018 World Cup's Golden Ball following the culmination of a remarkable tournament.

France's 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe was named the tournament's Best Young Player after scoring Les Bleus' fourth goal on Sunday, becoming the youngest since Pele in 1958 to find the net in the final.

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He scored two goals in the group stage and converted both of his attempts in penalty shootouts to help Croatia reach the final, collecting his award from Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino during a post-match ceremony in which he was embraced by Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

He scored twice against Tunisia in England's first match in Russian Federation and then bagged a hat trick in a 6-1 romp against Panama.

Modric performed spectacularly against England in semifinals and Russian Federation in the quarterfinals.

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

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