Modric's post-World Cup honours does Croatia proud, Rakitic and Rebic also thrive

Aditya Devavrat 18:09 12/10/2018
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Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric will hope to lead Croatia to Euro 2020.

Croatia’s World Cup ended in heartbreak, as a surprise run to the final saw them finish as beaten finalists.

But the momentum of that unexpected finals appearance has spurred some of their players on – not least star man Luka Modric, the man who won the Golden Ball in Russia and has since gone on to pick up more awards.

Ivan Rakitic and Ante Rebic, two of the other architects of Croatia’s passage through the tournament, have also been in excellent form since the summer.

Here’s a look at how all three have fared.

LUKA MODRIC

Appearances: 13

Assists: 2

Key passes: 14

From an individual standpoint, Modric has been doing quite well for himself since winning the Golden Ball at the World Cup. Since then, he’s been named the Best Men’s Player of the Year by both UEFA and FIFA, and he’s the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or.

However, he hasn’t been at his very best on the pitch and his club team is suffering. Real Madrid have lost three times already this season, four if you count the UEFA Super Cup, and they’re in the middle of a four-game winless and goalless run. Modric will hope his time with the national team rejuvenates him.

The Golden Ball was the first of many awards Luka Modric picked up this season.

The Golden Ball was the first of many awards Luka Modric picked up this season.

IVAN RAKITIC

Appearances: 12

Goals: 2

Assists: 2

While team-mate Modric has been receiving all the accolades, Rakitic has gone about his business with typical aplomb, emerging from a World Cup campaign where he was one of the best players.

He’s been in the same form for Barcelona, including scoring a stunning goal in their Champions League win over Tottenham.

Rakitic continues to go from strength to strength.

Rakitic continues to go from strength to strength.

ANTE REBIC

Appearances: 6

Goals: 3

Assists: 1

Ante Rebic’s World Cup form had made him a target for many of Europe’s leading clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester United, and his stock is only rising.

He’s been in excellent form for Eintracht Frankfurt despite his sending off in their most recent game – though not before scoring a goal.

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