- FIFA World Cup have come and gone and France emerged champions of the 2018 edition of the championship. However, Croatia's Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe are among exceptional players that claimed individual awards.
France may have beaten the other 31 teams that participated at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia to the title.
The Blues conquered the world by beating Croatia 4-2 in the final of the competition at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday July 15.
An own goal from Mario Mandzukic, and three others from Antoinne Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe ensured France came out victorious in the match.
While two goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic weren't enough to help the Croats avoid defeat to the eventual winners.
However, here are some other exceptional individuals that won individual awards following their impressive performance in the tournament.
Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Adidas Golden Ball award after helping his country reach their first ever World Cup final.
He scored two goals and created one assist on their way to the final of the competition, while his performance in the final match on Sunday was incisive.
Bronze medal winning Thibaut Courtois won the Adidas Golden Glove award after guiding Belgium to third place finish over England.
The Chelsea goalkeeper kept three clean sheets in seven matches for the Red Devils with a help of his tenacious defence.
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He made the most of his large frame and outstanding reflexes to come to his side’s rescue time and again.
Belgium were beaten only once by eventual champions France in the semi-finals as he turned in another commanding performance in the play-off for third place.
Paris Saint Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe won the FIFA Young Player Award after helping his side to win the title for the second time.
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The 19-year-old made history twice this tournament after becoming the second teenager to score twice in a single match.
And also scored in the final of the FIFA World Cup final after Brazil legend Pele in 1958, while his strike in the Final sealed victory for Les Bleus.
Antoine Griezmann won the Adidas Bronze Ball/Adidas Silver Boot after scoring four goals in the tournament.
He also assisted two other goals - the best performance by a France player since Just Fontaine scored 13 goals at Sweden 1958.
"My role has changed. If I score that’s great, but it’s not the most important thing,” said the left-footed striker before the Final, where his dead-ball skills helped Les Bleus win the day.
England and Tottenham star Harry Kane won the Adidas Golden Boot award after netting six goals in the tournament.
He helped the Three Lions to their best finish at the World Cup since Italy 1990.
The Spurs man scored a brace against Tunisia and a hat-trick against Panama before converting from the spot against Colombia in the Round of 16.
Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku won the Adidas Bronze Ball after scoring four goals in the championship.
With his brace in Belgium’s opener against Panama and another goal against Tunisia, Romelu Lukaku enjoyed the perfect start to the competition, though the goals dried up for him in the knockout phase.
While 2010 champions Spain were awarded the FIFA Fair Play prize despite having a disappointing outing in Russia.
They crashed out of the tournament in the round of 16 stage - losing to host Russia on penalties.
However, they can take some satisfaction from their exemplary behaviour on the pitch, where they picked up just two yellow cards in their four matches and committed a mere 34 fouls.
NAIJ.com previously reported that France emerged champions of world again as they recorded a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the Russia 2018 World Cup final.
It was an entertaining fixture played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in front of the 50,000 capacity.
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