Croatia are reigning World Cup finalists and currently ranked #12 in the FIFA rankings. In Las Vegas, the Vatreni have the 12th best odds to win the World Cup at a 50-1 payday. But let’s be real here, Croatia are not the 12th best team at the 2022 World Cup. They’re much better than #12 compared to other nations.
So let’s break it down. Who are ahead, behind, and level with Croatia in Qatar based on current team selection?
From top to bottom, Croatia are currently only behind Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands and Portugal in terms of all around talent and depth.
The Vatreni are level with France (with their injuries), Spain (with their lack of star power), Germany (with their recent inconsistency), England (with their bad form), and Belgium (with their age).
That puts Croatia – at worst – the 10th best team in Qatar.
Denmark, Uruguay, Switzerland are all behind us in terms of quality. Serbia, Senegal and the rest of the field are all a notch under them.
Realistically, Croatia are the 7th best team going into this World Cup. We should be considered better than Belgium, Germany, and Spain; based on our midfield alone.
What is your true ranking of Croatia going into our first match versus Morocco on Wednesday?