Lionel Messi wins this year’s Best Men’s Player in Paris yesterday as Luka Modrić takes the fourth position at 37 years of age! He was also included in the World’s Best XI. There is just nothing left to say about Luka Modrić’s greatness.
Croatian NT manager Zlatko Dalić had some very interesting thoughts about the award as he outlines why he refused to cast his vote for this year’s “Best Men’s Player”:
“I am disappointed with FIFA’s relationship to the Croatian national team because I believe we have earned greater respect from the World Football Organization for the results we have achieved in recent years. We are the only team that was among the final four at the World Cup last year and among the four best in the Nations League. We shocked the whole world by beating the world’s largest national team, Brazil, and by being the only ones alongside France to have two medals in the last two World Cup’s. We beat France in Paris, Denmark in Copenhagen, and have only lost two times since the 2021 Euros.
Despite this, look at the list of 14 candidates for the best player in the world – apart from the great Modrić, where are the Croats? I wouldn’t push individuals from other countries because I really have a ton of respect towards every player and coach, but there was no room for Mateo Kovačić when he became the Champions League champion and played brilliantly at the World Cup? There was no room for Gvardiol, who was among the top 11 players at the World Cup and the Bundesliga for most elections? Didn’t Livaković even deserve to be among the five candidates for best goalkeeper after everything he did at the World Cup?
Let’s also remember that in numbers and impression, Dominik deserved to be the best goalkeeper at the World Cup, and Joško the best young player of the World Cup. I experience all of this as a lack of respect, and which I have experienced in choosing the terms of our games, as well as the quality of the trial (refereeing) we had during the World Cup, especially in the semi-final game. I believe that our team, both with our games and with our behaviour on and off the field, has earned more respect, the same respect that we show from game to game to our opponents.
If English, Brazilian, Spanish, German or Italian players and coaches were scoring results like us, they would be represented in all elections. I want more respect for us, for our team, for our players, and for ourselves, because we are an absolute world sensation with two medals. FIFA should promote us more because we have shown that one small country can compete with the biggest, which is the most beautiful football commercial in the world.
Because of all of the above, I have decided that I will not participate in the election this year, but I congratulate all the winners from the heart on the well-deserved awards, and especially our Luka in a great fourth place, with it always being number one for me.” – Zlatko Dalić
Wow… what a comment from Dalić. The Croatiansports team stands behind his comments as he is speaking the truth and standing up for Croatian representation, that is somehow still lacking despite our amazing results in our footballing history.
What are your thoughts?