7/16/2018 8:58:27 PM (GMT+3)

We were so close to winning World Cup: Modric

We were so close to winning World Cup: Modric

MOSCOW: Irrespective of the result, Croatia captain Luka Modric will have fond memories of Russia 2018 after the Real Madrid midfielder bagged the Golden Ball award.

His was a hugely impressive campaign, guiding the team to the final, where they fought well before going down 4-2 to France.

“I’m proud of our achievement. I thank all my team-mates because without their help I would certainly not have received this award,” said Modric. "When you see this support of the fans, it definitely makes you happier. We know we did something big here. But when you come so close, it is not easy to take.”

Modric winced at the painful memory of their defeat.

“We were so close to winning the World Cup itself. We will certainly think about it for a long time. But we can be proud. We fought heroically, but were unlucky,” he said. “We were the better team most of the match.”