The most eagerly awaited award the admired ‘Golden Ball’ has been given o Croatia’s Luka Modric. Let us take a break from the new fashion trends for men and new fashion style for men to analyze on the reasons why the award has been given to Modric, beating Antoine Griezmann and Eden Hazard who finished second and third respectively.
1. Group’s recommendations – Golden Ball Award is one of the most prestigious awards in a FIFA World Cup, the award is given according to the recommendations given by an exclusive technical study group comprising of former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, Nigeria’s Emmanuel Amunike, Serbia’s Bora Milutinovic, ex-Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh and former Holland star Marco van Basten.. The group had decided to award Argentina’s Lionel Messi in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Other legendary players who have been given this award in the past include Zinedine Zidane, Brazil great Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and Paolo Rossi.
2. Modric as a captain – As the captain of Croatia’s team, he had a brilliant role in delivering a superb performance overall in the tournament especially against Russia and England. The 32-year-old player had scored marvelous shots in the opener against Nigeria and again against Argentina in the group stage.
3.Modric had won man-of-the-match three times in Croatia’s seven games in Russia. His most remarkable moments include the penalty against Nigeria and a terrific strike in a 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage. Modric had earlier missed scoring a goal in an extra-time against Denmark in the knock-out matches but he proved his prowess in the shoot-outs. He again proved his talent against hosts Russia in the quarter-finals.
4.The fabled Brazilian midfielder Kaka praised the Real Madrid star, extolling his control over the ball, as he said”Luka shows us that it’s easy to play. Believe me, it’s really really hard to play football, to play the World Cup it’s even harder. And he plays like it’s normal. It’s like a dance for him and now he’s this amazing player at a high level. Four Champions Leagues, a World Cup final and being the captain of his team. So it’s really nice and he deserves that because he’s a nice guy, always humble, so congratulations to Modric”