Fifa Golden Ball – Our Thoughts on Who Takes It Home
With the world cup final coming up during this weekend, here are our thoughts on who takes home the golden ball.
The prestigious award in past events is not for the fanciest, biggest or even the top goal scorer. Rather it is on a scale of importance of the individual to his team during the tournament. Some of the categories previous winners include Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Zinedine Zidane (France).
EDEN HAZARD (BELGIUM)
The Chelsea forward has not scored many goals during this tournament, but his contribution has been immeasurable. Of the 14 goals scored by Belgium in Russia, 2 have come from him alongside making two assists. Against Brazil, Neymar’s performance was nothing compared to efforts put in by Hazard in all aspects. Although Neymar is rated third in the world of football following closely behind Ronaldo and Messi. Hazard’s clever runs, pace and manoeuvring of defenders makes him difficult to mark thereby drawing fouls for his team. Although they got defeated by France in that tightly contested semifinal game which they lost. They still have to play England to decide who takes third place. And this might as well decide the winner of the golden ball.
Kylian Mbappe (France)
The 19year old wonder kid has proved most critics wrong, showing why Paris Saint Germain coughed out a record fee. Mbappe being the most expensive teenager in world football, also has three goals for France. He also stands the chance to win two awards, the golden ball and the best young player’s award. His teammates have been rated ahead of him before the tournament have only been moving in his shadow. If the French team does win Croatia in the final showdown, Mbappe will be entitled to an individual silverware.
Harry Kane (England)
The shoot to kill striker who plies’s his trade in the English premier league has six goals in the tournament. Harry Kane is also leading the race to the golden boot. He is also leading a young England team to at least maybe a third-placed finish. The Tottenham Hotspur number 9 has been more than a leader for the national side. His scoring, holdup play and precision on goal got them this far. They got to the semifinals for the first time in 28 years (1990). His ability to guard the ball and draw fouls to himself was outstanding leading to set pieces which resulted in goals. Kane has shown how consistent he can be over the years and he could clinch it.
Luka Modric (Croatia)
Last but definitely not the least, the real Madrid midfield marshal has worked tirelessly to see his team get to this point. Luka Modric who is captain of the side has remained the essential weapon for the Croatian team. Petit as he may seem, he has been the one calling the shots even at club level. He was instrumental as his club side also won the recently concluded champions league. It happens to be his fourth champion’s league winner’s medal. Without mixing words this team captain should win the golden ball if Croatia goes all the way.