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The Better of Luka Modric

He's The Greatest FIFA Males's Participant, however simply how good is he at answering quick-fire questions? We sat down with Croatian midfield maest...


He’s The Greatest FIFA Males’s Participant, however simply how good is he at answering quick-fire questions? We sat down with Croatian midfield maestro Luka Modric and put a sequence of swift eventualities to him, asking him to call ‘The Greatest…’ of a variety of subjects.

So who’s The Greatest recommendation he is ever been given? And The Greatest participant he is ever confronted? Watch the video to search out out!

Dalic: Modric is within the type of his life

  • Luka Modric is the captain of Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia facet
  • The coach was additionally a nominee at The Greatest FIFA Soccer Awards
  • “He’s a real skilled and a job mannequin”

The plaudits carry on coming. Following his crowning as final season’s excellent participant at The Greatest FIFA Soccer Awards, the entire world appears to have been paying tribute to Luka Modric.

If there’s anybody who is aware of the inventive midfielder’s abilities inside out then it’s Zlatko Dalic, the coach who drew on Modric’s magical talents to supervise Croatia’s profitable run on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

We spoke completely with Dalic to search out out just a little extra concerning the supremely gifted central midfielder.

FIFA.com: What are you able to inform us about Luka Modric and his significance to your staff?
Zlatko Dalic: He’s our captain, an important participant in our staff, and he’s gained each trophy there’s to win with Actual Madrid. What he wanted was an enormous consequence with the nationwide staff and he obtained it this 12 months with that second place on the World Cup. He was the staff’s chief, an actual captain, giving his all the entire time. He deserves all of the reward and awards which have come his approach. He’s additionally an awesome particular person, an awesome skilled and he’s within the type of his life.

What are you able to inform us about Modric the particular person?
He’s very right down to earth and he’s all the time prepared to speak and to take heed to what others should say. He has a improbable relationship along with his team-mates and he’s my right-hand man within the nationwide staff. I don’t suppose you is usually a nice participant if you happen to’re not a completely rounded particular person, if you happen to don’t behave like a person off the pitch. That’s why, to my thoughts, he’s the kind of participant that the followers love. He’s a real skilled.

Do you suppose he deserved to be topped The Greatest?
Completely. He completely deserved it. He was the most effective participant on the Membership World Cup in Abu Dhabi, after which he gained the UEFA Champions League and took Croatia to second place on the World Cup, the place he was probably the most excellent participant of the match. What extra are you able to ask for? I do know that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the most effective gamers on the earth, however that is Luka Modric’s 12 months.

What does his award and your nomination for The Greatest FIFA Males’s Coach award imply for Croatia?
We’re a small nation however we dream massive. We now have a inhabitants of 4 million and we had two folks nominated for The Greatest. That’s fairly unbelievable, and I can let you know that the entire of Croatia could be very pleased with that. We categorical the expertise and the talents of the Croatian folks and we do our nation proud in representing it.

You’ve had a 12 months to recollect, however what’s subsequent for you, Luka and Croatia?
We went all the best way and will probably be troublesome to prime that, not least as a result of there’s a lot competitors, each all over the world and in Europe. We’ll give it our greatest shot, although. Clearly there’s a variety of strain on Croatia. The followers anticipate extra each time and I’ve obtained no thought how we’re going to exit and prime this. I do really feel, although, that this can be a staff that might do rather well once more on the subsequent Euros. I do know we will play nicely, be aggressive and provides the folks of Croatia one more reason to have fun once more.

Modric, Marta topped The Finest in London


The Best FIFA Football Awards™

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  • Luka Modric and Didier Deschamps take home top men’s honours
  • Marta and Reynald Pedros awarded top women’s gongs
  • Thibaut Courtois named The Best FIFA Goalkeeper

In a glittering ceremony that saw a host of footballing stars descend on London’s Royal Festival Hall, home to London’s Symphony Orchestra, the beautiful game’s chief conductors were coronated at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ in the United Kingdom’s capital.

Luka Modric and Didier Deschamps were awarded the leading honours for The Best FIFA Men’s Player and Men’s Coach respectively, after their outstanding years and notable contributions at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Legendary Brazilian forward Marta and first-time nominee Reynald Pedros were rewarded as The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Women’s coach respectively.

After Gianluigi Buffon picked up the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award at last year’s ceremony, Thibaut Courtois was crowned his replacement after the now Real Madrid man’s outstanding year with Chelsea and stunning performances at Russia 2018.

The FIFA FIFPro World11 included two of Courtois’ former Blues team-mates and four of his current Los Blancos colleagues. Luka Modric was joined in the star-studded XI by club team-mates Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane with David De Gea, Dani Alves, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi completing the star-studded line-up elected by thousands of players from across the globe.

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The players had their say, and so did the fans, who voted for the Puskás and FIFA Fan Awards, with Mo Salah the ultimate winner of the Puskás Award thanks to his outstanding goal against Everton. Peru supporters scooped the third Fan Award, thanks to the South American country’s dedicated and fanatical following at the World Cup.

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In an evening sprinkled by show business, with star of small and large screen Idris Elba hosting proceedings, it was a heart-warming story fit for Hollywood that saw the FIFA Fair Play Award handed to Lennart Thy. The German forward missed a weeks’ training and a match for his then side VVV-Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie to donate stem cells for potentially life-saving treatment for a patient battling leukaemia.

Musical entertainment was provided by Big Shaq – of ‘Man’s Not Hot’ fame – and British rock god Noel Gallagher, the latter of whom brought the house down with a performance of Don’t Look Back in Anger. One of the best musicians of his generation, in a venue fabled for its musical history, then watched on as the orchestrators of wonderful music on football pitches the world over were honoured as The Best in London.

The Best, in full
Men’s Player: Luka Modric
Women’s Player: Marta
Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps
Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Puskás Award: Mo Salah
Fan Award: Peru supporters
Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy
World11: David De Gea; Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane; Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Luka Modric; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi.