Modric voted best player of Russian Federation 2018, Mbappe best young footballer

Kristopher Nichols
July 16, 2018

Modric surpassed Dario Simic's record for most appearances at the World Cup, a total of 12 matches in total, and finally gets an individual award for the high level of performances he's produced over the last three years.

The midfielder scored in the shoot-outs against both Denmark and Russian Federation in the last 16 and quarter-final matches.

Croatia have moved through to the final, in which they will face France in Moscow, after overcoming Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland in the group phase, then seeing off Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties. "But we don't want that, we only want the World Cup", Marca reported quoting Rakitic.

Luka Modric may have been one of the smallest players at the World Cup but he has made the biggest impression, being named best player of the tournament even though he lost the final with Croatia against France.

The 32-year-old has stood out for the Vatreni in Russian Federation over the past month and is now joint-favourite with final opponent Kylian Mbappe to win the Golden Ball award.

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France took a 4-1 lead midway through the second half of the final and it was pretty much over from there. French forward Kylian Mbappe has been named the best young player in Russian Federation .

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Nadal won the first set before losing the second one. "I felt like it was getting better and better as time went on". Nadal has 17 while Djokovic has stalled on 12 since completing the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2016.

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Djokovic hasn't made a Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 US Open (when he lost in the finals). Early on he was bothered by the glare off the sun, adjusting his serve and then sporting a cap.

The move led to a lot of bad blood at Spurs, and Modric also had a hard time at first in the star-studded Real team before finally being accepted.

Loyalty and a team-first ethic run through the national team from Croatia, which gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 and has only a few players younger than the country itself.

Modric was charged with perjury in March, and defender Dejan Lovren is under investigation for suspected false statements in support of a former director of Dinamo Zagreb, who also was a vice president of the Croatian soccer federation.

But it was the Real Madrid midfielder who ended up winning the prize, despite Croatia's defeat in Moscow. "I knew you did not have to be tall to play football".

But his performances in Russian Federation - where he has been named man-of-the match three times - have enhanced his status as a national hero.

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