Although Croatia did not make it in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final as it was beaten by France, the Croat footballer, Luka Modrić, the captain of his country’s national team won the Golden Ball at the tournament.
A week ago, he had said “I don’t think about it. It’s the team’s success that’s most important to me, for us to do something big. Individual honors aren’t a priority. They are nice, but I don’t think about them. I’m focused on bringing a medal home. Which one it will be, we’ll see.” And he did it. It was destined for him, but still, he did it. It is a prize he will take home with him.
A bit about Modrić’s hard past
“During Croatia’s Homeland War,” HRT reads, “six-year-old Luka Modrić and his family were driven from their home in the small hamlet of Modrići on the slopes of Velebit by Serb paramilitaries and forced to live as refugees in Zadar. His grandfather was killed by the Serbs in the conflict. He played football from an early age, but was repeatedly told by coaches that he was too small and weak for the game. Today, he is one of the most respected players in the game and considered by many the best mid-fielder in the world. He often cites that his motto has always been ‘never give up, never stop fighting.'”
The other award winners of the World Cup in Russia
Apart from Modrić, other award winners at the World Cup are Kylian Mbappe of France who earned the FIFA Young Player Award, England’s Harry Kane who got the Golden Boot for being the top scorer at the tournament with six goals, while The Golden Glove was received by Thibaut Courtois of Belgium…. / IBNA