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Another tremendous FIFA World Cup has come to a close, with several players being awarded with distinguished titles.

Among the awards is the Golden Ball, which is given to the best player in the competition and went to Croatia captain Luka Modric, despite his side's 4-2 loss to France in the final on Sunday, July 15.

The award was first given out at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, when Italian Paolo Rossi dominated competition.

Before then, a best player of the tournament was voted on, but no award was given out.

In the 2014 World Cup, Argentinian Lionel Messi earned the award after Uruguayan Diego Forlán took it home in 2010.

England's Harry Kane finished as the leading goalscorer at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ to win the adidas Golden Boot.

France's Antoine Griezmann and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku finished second and third respectively.

If two or more players are tied on goals, the winner is determined by total assists.

If assists cannot split them, the players who played the least minutes will emerge with the prize.

The adidas Golden Boot accolade is coveted by every top striker on the planet, but only the highest scorers at the FIFA World Cup™ finals are awarded it.

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup finals, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted for by representatives of the media.

Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.