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, 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: "Quality. First and foremost, quality. And physical preparation. If the player is not in good physical shape, he will not play well in a World Cup."

Talking about Croatia's campaign, he said: "I'm okay in the stands because I know there is a very thin line between winning and losing."

"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 Only football can make all Croatians go out to the streets. Football is sacred. We built the foundation for our house in 98, and now we're building the second floor."

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.