Avid fans who are eager to wait for the World Cup 2022 know that there have been nine FIFA World Cups since 1930, with eight different countries taking home the trophy. Brazil has five victories to Spain’s one, while Spain is the current world champion.
There has always been a Golden Boot for the tournament’s top scorer. The Golden Ball award, first given out in 1982 to Italy’s Paolo Rossi, is given to the World Cup finals’ top performer.
Since FIFA’s technical committee selects a number of candidates, the media selects the overall Golden Ball winner, and that’s essentially how the Golden Ball is selected.
Golden Ball Explained
The FIFA technical committee compiles a shortlist, which is then voted on by members of the media, before presenting the Golden Ball to the tournament’s top performer.
If you’re looking for the tournament’s top scorer, you’ll want to go elsewhere. Italy’s Paolo Rossi was the first recipient of the Adidas-sponsored Golden Ball at the 1982 World Cup.
Both the Silver and Bronze Ball are awarded to the tournament’s second and third-best players, respectively, to those who finished second and third in the public vote for the award.
Luka Modrić (Russia)
After winning the Golden Ball in 2018, Modric was the most recent recipient. Real Madrid midfielder Luke Modric, the Croatian national team captain, is a professional footballer.
One of the greatest midfielders in history. In addition, he has been named Real Madrid Player of the Season: 2020-21. Modric captained Croatia to a second-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and to say that he was instrumental to the team’s success can be an understatement.
Lionel Messi (Brazil)
Also, in 2014, Messi’s Argentina team lost the World Cup final to Germany due to a Mario Gotze extra-time goal. In spite of the fact that he didn’t take home the trophy, the Barcelona great was nevertheless recognized for his individual efforts, as he netted four goals, had one assist and appeared in seven games.
The Silver Ball went to Germany’s Thomas Muller, and the Bronze Ball went to the Netherlands’ Arjen Robben, who finished third in the tournament.
Diego Forlán (South Africa)
The match ball was a major topic of discussion throughout the 2010 World Cup. Goalkeepers and forwards alike had issues with Adidas’ Jabulani, which hummed through the air and was difficult for them to gauge as it flew.
However, only one individual, and only one man, seemed to have nailed it. With Diego Forlán firing on all cylinders for Uruguay throughout the competition, they reached the semi-finals before losing to the Netherlands in extra time. He earned the Golden Ball award as well as the Golden Boot, and he deserved it.
Other Golden Ball winners
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Romario, Salvatore Schillaci, Diego Maradona, and Paolo Rossi have all won the Golden Boot in prior editions.
The last time a player who helped his team win the World Cup was awarded the Golden Boot was in 1994 when Romario helped Brazil win the tournament.
Golden Ball qualifications
The World Cup’s accredited media casts their ballots for a player they believe is the best of the best. It is usually awarded to a member of a team that has advanced to the championship game. It was a different story in 2010 when Uruguay’s Diego Forlan was awarded the Golden Ball, despite his team finishing fourth at the World Cup.
The player’s entire World Cup impact is taken into account. Even though Zidane headbutted Materazzi (Italy) in the 2006 World Cup final, he was awarded the Golden Ball.
On the path to the World Cup final, he had performed admirably and helped France get to their second final and his hard work had certainly paid off.