Ivan Rakitic has hailed Croatia international teammate Luka Modric as ‘the best player in the world’ and deserving of individual glory.
The two may be fierce rivals at club level, representing Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, but Rakitic states his fellow midfielder is the best player in the division.
“Luka is incredible, he is the best in La Liga and this year he has been the best player in the world,” Rakitic is cited by Diario AS as telling Novi list.
“It is fantastic for Croatia to have a player of his caliber and it goes without saying that his personal successes are a very proud moment for the nation.
“I hope he wins the personal prizes this year because there are not any doubts in my mind that he deserves to hold those titles.
“As always, people will question any player who go for these awards but I am so proud of him and happy for his successes.”