- Luka Modric now Croatia’s most-capped participant of all time
- Midfielder made his one hundred and thirty fifth worldwide look towards Cyprus
- He discusses that milestone on this unique interview
“There is no way of looking at this in which Luka [Modric] doesn’t deserve the title as the best [Croatian] in history.”
These phrases had been spoken by Robert Prosinecki, himself thought-about by many because the nation’s finest participant of all time, in summer season 2018 after Croatia had completed as runners-up on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Just a number of months later, Modric was topped as The Best FIFA Men’s Player.
Two and a half years have handed since then, and the 35-yr-previous remains to be pulling the strings in midfield for the Vatreni, as captain and the group’s chief. Modric reached a brand new milestone on Saturday when he earned his one hundred and thirty fifth worldwide cap within the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win towards Cyprus to overhaul Darijo Srna as his nation’s file look holder.
FIFA.com chatted to Modric about that achievement, his subsequent goals and Croatia’s bumpy begin to Qatar 2022 qualifying.
FIFA.com: Luka Modric, how do you are feeling as Croatia’s new most-capped participant?
The feeling is nice, I’m blissful and proud. It’s an incredible honour to interrupt such a file, despite the fact that I have not given it a lot thought. Other nationwide group targets had been extra vital. However, when I got here near this quantity, I wished to succeed in the highest. Luckily, I’ve managed to do it.
You are actually 35. Will the UEFA EURO be your final major event?
We’ll see what occurs after the EURO. At the event, Croatia should be robust as a group since we’re in a tricky group. Despite some retirements, I consider we have now high quality in our group and that we are able to play a major function. It is troublesome to vow something, however we’ll go to the EURO with ambition and hope, and mindset to justify the excessive repute we have now already earned. We have to signify Croatian soccer because it deserves.
Are you glad with your profession or is there one thing nonetheless missing?
Regardless of earlier achievements, each at membership and worldwide stage, you at all times want extra. When you win a trophy, or obtain one thing large, you want to repeat that triumph. As lengthy as I play, I can have goals and ambition. With Croatia, I want another major success, and at membership stage I want to struggle for trophies so long as I have an opportunity. I put together and work accordingly, and we’ll see how lengthy this may final.
Croatia completed as runners-up on the final World Cup, however have began the qualifying marketing campaign for Qatar 2022 with a win and a defeat. Are you disillusioned?
Croatia didn’t begin this qualifying marketing campaign in the absolute best means, contemplating each the performances and the outcomes. It’s harder to play after the World Cup achievement: each opponent is extra motivated towards us, and we have now to take care of the extent of efficiency from Russia, the excessive stage of the Croatia nationwide group. The begin wasn’t good, but it surely’s the end that counts. I’m satisfied that we have now probably the most high quality on this group and that we’ll show that in the course of the qualifiers.
Modric by numbers
- Born: 9 September 1985
- Position: Central midfield
- Clubs: Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid (since 2012)
- National group: 135 caps (16 targets)
- Honours (chosen): World Cup runner-up (2018), adidas Golden Ball winner (2018 World Cup), The Best FIFA Men’s Player (2018), European Footballer of the Year (2018), UEFA Champions League winner (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), FIFA Club World Cup winner (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
What others say about Modric
“I’ve said it before: Modric is almost at the same level as Zidane, and Zidane was one of the best players of all time. These players see things we don’t even see on replays.”
Casemiro to journalists after the Club World Cup last in United Arab Emirates in 2017
“It seems like they both came here from a different planet to play football with us mere mortals. Both of them are among the best players of all time in their positions.”
Ivan Rakitic on Modric and Andres Iniesta at a press convention after the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia
“Luka makes it look easy, but believe me, it’s very, very difficult to play football like that. But with him it looks like the most normal thing in the world. It’s like a dance for him.”
Kaka to Omnisport
“When your team are under the cosh, there is no better player to handle the pressure. Modric is always willing to receive the ball and will keep hold of it to take the sting out of the game. That is the mark of a brave player.”
Jamie Redknapp within the Daily Mail