- Luka Modric was awarded the adidas Golden Ball
- Russia 2018’s excellent participant missed out on a winner’s medal
- Modric: “We had been so near profitable the Trophy”
By Vjekoslav Paun with Croatia
Croatia’s gamers and their coach will return from Russia 2018 as nationwide heroes. Luka Modric additionally heads for house with a tangible reward for his vastly spectacular marketing campaign, having collected the event’s adidas Golden Ball award.
“I am pleased with that,” he mentioned. “I might additionally prefer to thank all my team-mates, as a result of with out their assist I would definitely not have obtained this award.
“We had been so near profitable the World Cup itself,” he added. “And we will definitely give it some thought for a very long time. However we could be proud.
“Once you see this assist of the followers after the match, it positively makes you happier. We all know we did one thing massive right here. However whenever you come so shut, it’s not simple to take.”
Although justifiably proud, each of his personal excellent performances in Russia and of his workforce’s spectacular marketing campaign, Modric winced on the contemporary and painful reminiscence of their Four-2 Closing loss to France.
“We fought heroically, we did all the things to win, however we had been unfortunate,” he mentioned. “We had been the higher workforce many of the match however sadly some unfortunate and clumsy objectives price us dearly and gave France the benefit.”
Modric’s evaluation was echoed by his coach, Zlatko Dalic, who was gracious in his reward for Les Bleus and beneficiant in his acknowledgement of his gamers’ Herculean efforts.
“I congratulate France on their title,” mentioned Dalic. “And I additionally should congratulate my gamers. This was perhaps the perfect recreation we performed on this event; we managed the match. However towards a aspect as sturdy as France, you have to not make errors. We’re a bit unhappy however we’ve to be proud as properly for what we have performed.”
No-one had extra purpose to be proud than Modric, after all, and Dalic was fast to reward his star midfielder for following within the footsteps of Golden Ball winners comparable to Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradona.
“We’re very glad that Luka has gained the Golden Ball, and deservedly so,” mentioned Dalic. “He had a terrific event.”
The identical, too, might be mentioned of the complete Croatia workforce, and a heroes’ homecoming is assured. Modric definitely believes that each member of the Vatreni squad can depart Russia with heads held excessive and reminiscences that may final a lifetime.
“We could be pleased with this event,” he mentioned. “We performed very properly. Really, this was an awesome event for Croatia.”