Croatia's Luka Modric plays with a ball during a national soccer team's training session ahead of the World Cup quarter-final soccer match between Russia and Croatia, at a training base in Sochi, Russia, July 4, 2018

Croatia Midfielder Modric Wins Golden Ball Award at 2018 FIFA World Cup

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Croatia midfielder and captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball award at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup finals.

Modric started in Croatia's all six games at the World Cup so far. The 32-year-old Real Madrid player was named the man of the match three times and has scored two goals at the tournament.

"Modric is a very mobile player, he has a great technique base… He has a great influence on his team. Croatia are playing as a whole team. Modric can join an attacking play as well as in defense at any time," France head coach Didier Deschamps told journalists ahead of the game.

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On Sunday, France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium to lift their second World Cup trophy.

Croatia's previous best result was their third place at the 1998 World Cup.

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