Ivan Rakitic: Luka Modric should be recognised for standout 2018

Ivan Rakitic claims Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi is the ‘best player’ but insists compatriot Luka Modric ‘deserves all the awards’ this year.

Modric helped Real Madrid secure their third consecutive Champions League in May and he became a World Cup runner-up with Croatia this summer, alongside Rakitic.

The 33-year-old midfielder, who was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and was awarded the World Cup Golden Ball, is also up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah in FIFA’s The Best awards.

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic (right) insists compatriot Luka Modric 'deserves all the awards' this year

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic (right) insists compatriot Luka Modric 'deserves all the awards' this year

Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic (right) insists compatriot Luka Modric ‘deserves all the awards’ this year

Rakitic hailed club team-mate Messi before explaining why countryman Modric is worthy of winning the accolades.

‘There are seasons that you can be better or not,’ Rakitic said in a pre-match press conference to Croatia’s match against Spain in the Nations League.

‘For me in general the best player of the world and maybe the greatest of all time is Leo Messi. It’s easy, you take a boy, and nine of 10 boys are gonna say the same.

Although the Barcelona midfielder claims his club team-mate Lionel Messi is the 'best player'

Although the Barcelona midfielder claims his club team-mate Lionel Messi is the 'best player'

Although the Barcelona midfielder claims his club team-mate Lionel Messi is the ‘best player’

‘But I think it was the year of Luka, sincerely, I think it’s something that Leo and all the people know, he [Modric] deserves all the awards. 

‘Sincerely if he received the award of the best European player… I don’t know what he has to do to be the best player of the world, with all he did.

‘I don’t need to help him as a good friend of him as I’m, he made everything on himself, nobody gave him anything. For me it’s clear that he has to be Luka [for The Best award].’

Modric won the World Cup Golden Ball as Croatia finished runners-up to France in Russia

Modric won the World Cup Golden Ball as Croatia finished runners-up to France in Russia

Modric won the World Cup Golden Ball as Croatia finished runners-up to France in Russia

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