Once again World Cup winner didn’t take away everything
Luka Modric wins Golden Ball, Harry Kane Golden Boot, and Thibaut Courtois Golden Glove
France of course is the winner of FIFA World Cup 2018, and they deserve all the accolades in the world. It doesn’t matter they played quality football or not, it doesn’t matter their quality stars didn’t shine individually, in the end all that matters is that they are World Champion. Many, many congratulations to Les Bleus, but it’s not the winner who takes it all. Once again World Cup winner didn’t take away everything.
Croatia win our heart. They must not have lifted the World Cup 2018’s trophy in roan soaked Luzhniki Stadium, but they are the real winners for their fans around the world. It’s never easy to play World Cup final against one of the favourites when you’ve reached that stage for very first-time. Vatreni gave it all.
France did take home the most prestigious trophy in the world, but there was consolation for others as well. Germany didn’t take away everything in 2014, how come France would have taken away everything in 2018.
World Cup finalist Croatian captain Luka Modric earned himself World Cup golden ball just like Lionel Messi in 2014 ending on the losing end. England’s Harry Kane won the “Golden Boot” award with his six goals in the tournament joining his senior compatriot Garry Linekar who won it in 1990. Tottenham Hotspur man become the second England player to win the prestigious award.
Kylian Mbappe wins the ‘Young Player of the Tournament’ prize felling short of Harry Kane’s six goals. He would have been ‘Golden Boot’ deserving winner with couple of more goals but he finishes the tournament with four goals.
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois finishes himself earning ‘Golden Gloves’ helping Belgium finish third in the tournament. French captain Hugo Lloris must be cursing himself for his howlers which helped Mario Mandzukic to score Croatia’s second, otherwise he may have been considered for golden glove award.
It has been a great World Cup, special in every way. VAR assistance and their negative and positive effect on the World Cup will be debated for next four years before we meet again in Qatar, but overall it was the best World Cup ever. Today, again VAR decision was controversial to award France penalty from Ivan Perisic’s semi-deliberate hand-ball, but it didn’t decide the match.
Croatia were themselves to blame to end up on losing end. They must have been exhausted and their fitness haven’t been up to the same level after playing three games in extra-time, but they didn’t show any exhaustion. They were the better team in first-half and they didn’t allow winners France to take away everything. Vatreni won heart for us, and Luka Modric was definitely the best player of the tournament. We know he hasn’t got next four years to be in the same shape but he should be happy with his golden ball and hope for Ballon d’Or this year. We don’t see a better accomplished player to lift the most prestigious individual awards of this year.