The Croatia captain Luka Modric has carried his excellent club form that helped Real Madrid secure their 13th UCL title earlier in May to this World Cup as the Croats are now very close to achieving the ultimate glory in Russia.
Croatia’s run to their second World Cup semifinal for the first time since 1998, courtesy of some inspiring performances by the Real Madrid star in this World Cup.
The 32-year-old has been hailed by many onlookers as the best midfielder in the tournament and, consequently, the finest player in his position in this World Cup.
Comparisons with Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne have been inevitable. Modric has two goals and one assist in Russia, putting him on top of the pile (De Bruyne is nearest with one goal and an assist). He has also created 14 chances, bettered only by De Bruyne on 16.
Passing-wise, his accuracy rate of 86 per cent puts him above De Bruyne (81) and Paul Pogba (78), but behind David Silva (87) and Toni Kroos (93). He is also third in standings for passing accuracy in the final third as reported by One football.com.
On the defensive side of things, Modric has won 35 duels, which is bettered only by Pogba (39). And, although he is behind Pogba and Kroos for number of tackles won, he has made at least three more interceptions than any of the other players in this list.
All things considered, it is hard to argue against Modric being the most effective all-round midfielder at the World Cup.