Croatia legend, Davor Suker, identified his country-man Luka Modric as a serious Ballon d'Or contender for being pivotal both for his club and country. Modric helped Real Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League title and has been sensational for his country in the 2018 World Cup.
He has bagged three Man of the Match performances in Russia and with a little bit of luck, could end up lifting the biggest trophy in world football on the 15th of July.
Suker backs Croatia ´role model´ Modric for Ballon d´Or https://t.co/DhIN2kxmxo— Sportzar (@zarsport) July 11, 2018
Suker, impressed by the 32-year-old's performances, tipped him to win the Ballon d'Or.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: "My captain does a great job in the dressing room - he's a role model on and off the pitch for all kids, not only in Croatia. If I had a vote [in the Ballon d'Or], I would vote for Luka."
When asked about similarities between Modric's side and the team he played in, Suker said:
Talking about Croatia's campaign, he said:
"We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the last 16]. I could be with my parents, eating and drinking and watching the game on TV. That's football
Mourinho: “Modric is one of my boys when i bought him to Real Madrid. The Spanish press said we bought the worst player of Madrid’s history - he’s not at all. But i have four of my boys in the English team, and that’s my second country, so hopefully England does it.” #mufc [RT]— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 10, 2018
Croatia will be pushed to the limit in tonight's semifinal encounter against England and they will need their captain at his best if they are to beat Gareth Southgate's exuberant squad.