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Real Madrid players are dominating the World Cup Golden Ball discussion

Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Luka Modric have been the standout players at the tournament

Real Madrid just scoop up every trophy.

The World Cup Golden Ball is a prestigious award bestowed upon the best player at the tournament every four years.

To the surprise of many, Lionel Messi was the last winner in 2014, when perhaps James Rodriguez would have been a more worthy recipient.


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Messi picked up the Golden Ball after Argentina reached the final four years ago

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Messi picked up the Golden Ball after Argentina reached the final four years ago

It’s important to stress that the number of goals a player has scored isn’t the only area taken into consideration when it comes to deciding the Golden Ball winner.

Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn picked up the award in 2002, before midfield maestro Zinedine Zidane won it in 2006 – despite his questionable antics in the final.

Even Zidane’s moment of madness didn’t stop him from winning the top individual award

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Even Zidane’s moment of madness didn’t stop him from winning the top individual award

As we approach the end of the group-stages, the discussion for who will win this year’s award is already well underway.

So far, three standout candidates for emerged the Golden Ball and there is one thing that all three of them have in common.

They all play for Real Madrid… 

1 Cristiano Ronaldo

“Siiiiii”

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“Siiiiii”

The Portugal Captain has been the talisman for his country in recent years and unsurprisingly it has been more of the same so far this summer.

Ronaldo has four goals to his name already after just two games and is one of the front-runners for both the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball awards.

The Real Madrid man netted a hat-trick in Portugal’s opening group game against Spain, including a stoppage-time equaliser from a free-kick.

He knew this was going in

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He knew this was going in

Ronaldo continued his goal-scoring antics when he netted the winner against Morocco in Portugal’s second group game.

He could easily increase his tally in their final group game against Iran.

2 Luka Modric

The World Cup is all about players like Modric

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The World Cup is all about players like Modric

The Croatian is one of the most gifted midfielders in the world.

Modric has been the standout name in Croatia’s impressive World Cup campaign so far, in which they have racked up back-to-back victories against Nigeria and Argentina.

The former Spurs man opened his account at the tournament after he scored from the penalty spot in their convincing win over Nigeria.

Modric then put in a superb display in Croatia’s emphatic victory against Messi and co, finding the net with a curling effort from distance.

The cultured midfielder worked the space for himself before firing past Willy Caballero

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The cultured midfielder worked the space for himself before firing past Willy Caballero

The Croatian Captain is likely to bag himself more goals and assists later in the tournament, as Croatia hope to come good on their tag of dark horses at the World Cup.

3 Isco

This man oozes class

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This man oozes class

Nobody knew for certain if Isco would be a guaranteed starter for Spain this summer, with the national team’s late change of management further confusing matters.

Fernando Hierro threw the Real Madrid man straight into action in their opening group game against Portugal and he has since become one of the first names on the team-sheet.

Isco dictated proceedings and looked unplayable at times in Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal.

He was crucial on the night

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He was crucial on the night

The Real Madrid man followed up his influential performance against Portugal with an equally impressive showing against Iran.

Spain had to be patient in order to break the deadlock against Iran, who sat behind the ball for most of the match.

Isco was involved in every aspect of his side’s dramatic 1-0 win.

He was even praised for saving a bird during the match.

Isco has consequently won an award from animal welfare organisation PETA for his heartwarming gesture. The man can do no wrong.

Belgium stars Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard have both thrown their hats in the ring for the prestigious individual award too.

These two are here to spoil the party

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These two are here to spoil the party

The Premier League pair have impressed in both of their group games, scoring for fun against Panama and Tunisia.

You just can’t help but think it will go to a Real Madrid player however.

They are called Galacticos for a reason.

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