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France’s Kylian Mbappe wins FIFA Young Player Award

France’s Kylian Mbappe wins FIFA Young Player Award

Modric certainly believes that every member of the Vatreni squad can leave Russian Federation with heads held high and memories that will last a lifetime. On the pitch, Vida has made the most interceptions of any Croatian in Russian Federation, with his basic approach - making two more clearances than any team-mate against England - setting him apart.

Modric and Mbappe with their awards after the World Cup final. Lovren won nearly double the number of aerial duels of any team-mate against England, including a crucial header at the death in extra time, with England desperate to equalise.

Not since 1994 when Romario took out the Golden Ball has a victor of the award also won the World Cup.

Modric has rightly taken the plaudits throughout Croatia's run to their first final and was typically imperious during the semi-final victory over England. This was maybe the best game we played in this tournament; we controlled the match.

And the Golden Ball award may not be the last for the 32-year-old Croatia captain as he is now a serious candidate to also end the 10-year reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the FIFA Best awards on September 24 in London.

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A master of his craft.

On Sunday, the victor of four Champions League titles with Real Madrid will play the biggest match of his life against France and size will be the last thing on his mind. Not a single player in Russian Federation scored more, and you can't deny that.

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. In one pass, Modric can simply unlock any defence.

He also picked three man-of-the-match honours in the tournament.

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