Kylian Mbappe takes the main prize but Luka Modric gets golden consolation

Kylian Mbappe takes the main prize but Luka Modric gets golden consolation

Modric beat off competition from Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, who was awarded the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball victor Antoine Griezmann, the France forward who also finished second behind England's Harry Kane in the Golden Boot stakes.

"You don't have to be a giant to play football". More of that hope will be on full display on Sunday.

For now, the past seems forgotten as the success of reaching the World Cup final resonated in an unusual sign of camaraderie across the Balkans. Will the emotions be too overwhelming for the team preparing to play their first World Cup final?

"I'm really focused on my national team", Modric said. Ivan Perisic tied things up with a scintillating equaliser, but the attacker later went from hero to zero, getting his outstretched arm to a ball in the box to hand the French a penalty. We are proud to make the Croatian people happy, the people have forgotten about all the problems. I'm happy with where I am.

The Chelsea player helped Roberto Martinez's side to a third-place finish after conceding just six goals in seven games.

Juan Martin del Potro sets up Rafael Nadal clash at Wimbledon
And though the "Big Four" have shared the title among themselves since 2002, Del Potro insists the others can spring a shock. Last night, he couldn't quite edge the Spaniard, who prevailed 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a little under five hours.

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.

The court in the Croatian city of Osijek sentenced Zdravko Mamic last month to six and a half years in prison for siphoning off millions of euros in transfer fees when he was the head of the Dinamo Zagreb club.

Mamic has always been a polarizing figure with Croatian fans.

Dalic said such adversity over a decade made the team stronger.

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