The best player of the FIFA World Cup normally gets this award named The Golden Ball award by a shortlist prepared by the FIFA technical committee and the winner decided by media representatives. The award was first granted in 1982 Officially. There were no Global Ball Award recipients from 1938 to 1950 because the FIFA World Cup did not occur during this timeline due to World War 2.
Luke Modric from Croatian was the last footballer to receive this award in 2018. Luke Modric is a professional Footballer who Captains the Croatia National Team and plays as a midfielder for Real Madrid. He is known as one of the best midfielders of all time. He has also been honored as the Real Madrid Player of the Season: 2020-21. Modric was Captain of the 2018 FIFA World Cup runner-up Croatia Team. He had an immense contribution in carrying the team to the finals.
Some other honors that are awarded are:
“The Golden Boot Award” is rewarded to the tournament’s top goal scorer.
“The best young player award” is granted to the best players under 21.
“Golden Gloves award” is awarded to the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
Here’s a list of Golden Ball Award winners:
|Year||Global Ball Award Winners||Country|
|1994||Romário (Romário de Souza Faria)||Brazil|