France are the crowned World Champions of football. But the FIFA World Cup 2018 prize winners come from different nationalities. Their teams did fail to attain the ultimate glory, but individually they made themselves and their countries proud. Harry Kane’s individual brilliance dimmed England’s disappointment of finishing fourth having made it to the final. Harry Kane tops the list of individual World Cup prize winners. He was handed the Golden Boot award while Luka Modric bagged the Golden Ball award as the month-long 2018 FIFA World Cup gala came to an end on Sunday.
Kane was awarded the Golden Boot for scoring six goals in the tournament while Modric’s clinical display in Croatia’s best-ever World Cup run earned him the Golden Ball award in Russia 2018.
Mbappe’s phenomenal display at the World Cup, in which he finished with four goals, earned him the Young Player of the Tournament award as Les Bleus lifted their second World Cup in their history and first since 1998 after beating Croatia 4-2 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois was awarded the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Spain were awarded the ‘Fair Play’ award. Here are the top individual World Cup prize winners from Russia 2018:
The England captain who finished with six goals from seven games bagged the Golden Boot award. But, Kane will not be happy with himself. He could have scored more goals. After a brilliant start, Kane had failed to score a single goal after England’s three games in the group stages and one in the round of 16. He failed to find the next in the next three games as England finished fourth behind champions France, finalists Croatia and Belgium. Kane scored five goals against Panama and Tunisia in the group stages and a single goal against Colombia in the round-of-16 stages. He scored a hat-trick against Panama and two against Tunisia.
The 24-year-old, who has missed several chances throughout the course of the tournament, converted four penalties and scored two from open play. He became second English player to ever win the World Cup Golden Boot, after Gary Lineker in 1986. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, France’s Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe and Russia’s Denis Cheryshev have scored four goals each. Russia’s Artem Dzyuba and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani have three each.
Modric has led Croatia’s campaign from the front and put his hand up whenever the team needed him. He missed a penalty against Denmark at the round-of-16 but came back and converted from the spot during the penalty shootout as Croatia advanced to the last eight. The Real Madrid man showed nerves of steel and orchestrated the whole game from the midfield as Zlatko Dalic’s men bettered their ‘golden generation’, who reached the semi-finals in 1998 and lost to France. Modric bagging the trophy also meant that the second World Cup in a row, a player on the losing side in the final wins the golden ball award for best player in the tournament. He is also the first Croatian player in World Cup history to win the Golden Ball for best player at the tournament.
The French teenager had already shown his class in Europe for AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain but he announced himself to the world in this year’s World Cup with some sensational performances. The PSG forward scored four goals including a stunner in the final to help France beat Croatia 4-2 and lift the trophy in Moscow. He also became the second youngest player to score in a FIFA World Cup final after Pele, who scored at the age of 17 years and 249 days in 1958 for Brazil. The 19-year-old terrorised defenders and they struggled to keep up with the pace and strength of the Frenchman, who bullied the defenders throughout the World Cup.
The Belgium goalkeeper was awarded the Golden Glove for his heroic display for the Red Devils in their best-ever World Cup campaign. The Chelsea keeper has played seven matches and made 27 saves – the most by any in this year’s World Cup, with a save rate of 81.8%. The 26-year-old was one of Belgium’s standout players in the tournament along with Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. It was because of him that the Red Devils were in the game in the semi-final as he made some crucial saves throughout the course of the semi-final against France, which they eventually lost 1-0.
Behind him at second place is Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa, who made 25 saves from four matches. Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel (21 from four matches), Jordan Pickford (17 from seven games) and Russia’s Igor Akinfeev (15 from five games) make the top five in the list of saves made from goalkeepers.
Spain might have crashed out of the World Cup prematurely but they were awarded the ‘Fair Play’ award for being the most disciplined team in the tournament. La Roja were handed an early setback before the tournament as Julen Lopetegui was sacked for failing to inform the Spanish board about his deal with Real Madrid. Fernando Hierro was appointed the coach of the team for the World Cup and they somehow managed to qualify for the round-of-16 as Group B leaders. However, they were handed a shock defeat by hosts Russia via penalty shootout and crashed out of the tournament.
As, France return home as the crowned champions of the World football, Spain have won hearts for their sportsmanship.