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World Cup: Kane wins Golden Boot as Modric named best player

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England captain Harry Kane has been awarded the golden boot after scoring the most goals at the 2018 Russia World Cup whilst Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been named the tournaments best player.

 

Kane’s six goals equal the tally reached by Gary Lineker in Mexico 1986, the only other Englishman to finish as the competition's top scorer.

 

The Tottenham striker finished two goals ahead of France duo Griezmann and Mbappe, Russia's Denis Cheryshev, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku.

 

Kane, 24, netted twice in England’s opening fixture against Tunisia before scoring a hatrick against Panama and a spot kick in both normal time and the shoutout in a victory over Colombia.

 

In total, Kane had 14 shots in the tournament, scoring  with all six of his efforts on target. All of his goals came from inside the box - five with his right foot and one with his head.

 

What next for Kane?

 

The prolific forward signed a new six-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur until 2024 just seven days before the World Cup’s opening ceremony.

 

But, if recent history is anything to go by, winning the golden boot at a World Cup opens the door to a large transfer to a big clubs.

 

After the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Lineker saw a dream move to Barcelona materialise for £2.8m and in 2002, after scoring eight goals for Brazil, Ronaldo moved from Inter Milan to Real Madrid that summer.

 

Most recently Monaco's attacking midfielder Rodriguez scored six times in five games in Brazil 2014 to help Colombia to the quarter-finals, paving the way for a £71m move from Monaco to Real Madrid.

 

Modric beats France and Belgium stars to Golden Ball

One player who has already made the switch from Tottenham to a ‘big club’ is Luka Modric who is now a four-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid.

 

The 32-year-old  scored in Croatia's opening two matches and also made one assist as he guided his country to their first World Cup final.

Modric received the Golden Ball, the trophy for the tournaments best individual player, ahead of Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard in second place and France forward Antoine Griezmann in third.

 

France’s Kylian Mbappe won the Young Player Award with Belgium's Thibaut Courtois collecting the Golden Glove for being the leading goalkeeper.

 

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said of Modric: "He played a terrific tournament which is another commendation for the team which helped to bring about Luka's success. He did the lion share of our play and he was a deserved winner of the Golden Ball."

 

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