In a November 4th interview with Sportskeeda, the 31year-old Croatia striker said, “If you ask me as a fan, I’m a fan of Lionel Messi, but Brazil are going to win.“
Andrej Kramarić, did you really just say that two weeks before you’re “supposed to” strap on the boots for our beloved Vatreni at the World Cup??? You’re becoming a ‘fan boy’ and praising Messi? Why not praise Modrić, another legend you will literally be playing with later this month? You’re going on record saying another country is going to win the World Cup?! Why?!
These words coming out of Kramarić’s mouth can’t be good for upcoming locker room morale. It just can’t. These guys (the Vatreni) are going to war with the world’s best in Qatar and you think they’re going to want a teammate yapping about how good South American football is. NEWS FLASH Gospodine Kramarić: Croatia thumped Messi and Argentina 3-0 in the last World Cup and made the Final. Brazil haven’t played in a Final since 2002. Why wouldn’t you build yourself and your own team up?
It makes no sense coming from a professional of the game and veteran Bundesliga starter. It will be very interesting to see if this media faux pas will affect Zlatko Dalić’s final squad announcement for Qatar, which will be announced Wednesday, November 9th. This has 2018 Nikola Kalinić and 2021 Ante Rebić written all over it. Dalić has historically cracked a hard whip on negative players and has no patience for cancerous personalities in the locker room. He kicked Kalinić off the squad one match into the 2018 World Cup for complaining about playing time. Three summer later, after Rebić publicly ousted Dalić on social media, he has not invited Rebić back to the team since. (EURO 2020 was held the summer of 2021).
Krama can’t be happy at the moment. He hasn’t played much in the Bundesliga the past month and lost his starting role with Hoffenheim. He played a total of 200 minutes in the past calendar month, without scoring a goal. That can’t be good for confidence but it also wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if Krama was left off the team; for tactical or personal reasons.
It will be interesting to see who makes the final squad for Croatia on November 9th. If Dalić does decide this is “something”, he has the prefect replacement for Kramarić. Petar Musa. Musa has been on fire the past month for Portuguese leaders, Benfica and should become a regular call-up in 2023.
Andrej Kramarić saying Brazil will win the World Cup: Something or Nothing?