Croatian Footballers Enter World Cup History Books

Daniela Rogulj

The World Cup was marked by several Croatian footballers, and especially Luka Modrić, Ivan Perišić and Danijel Subašić.

Luka Modrić completed the World Cup as the best player of the tournament and became part of this selected immortal society with Pele, Kempes, Cruyff, Maradona, Zidane, Romario, Ronaldo, Kahn, Forlan and others who have lifted the Golden Ball, reports on July 19, 2018. 

However, this championship has brought out the best in several other Croatian players whose names are etched in World Cup history books. Here, we are primarily talking about Ivan Perišić and Danijel Subašić, who found themselves among FIFA’s most popular.

Ivan Perišić will be remembered as the player who ran the most at the World Cup in Russia, which is an impressive figure. The Inter midfielder ran a total of 72.5 kilometers, which is more than any other player in the tournament. In the previous World Cup, this honor was given to Thomas Müller, who ran 84 kilometers. Four years before him, it was Xavi (80 kilometers).

Defending four penalties during the World Cup placed Danijel Subašić alongside icons such as Harald Schumacher who was the goalkeeper for West Germany and Argentina’s Sergio Goycochea. Also, Croatia became the second national team in history to have played in extra time after three consecutive games. England takes the cake in 1990.

In the last 40 years, the World Cup final has played with at least one player from Inter or Bayern Munich. In this year’s final, Bayern was represented by Corentin Tolisso, who came in as a substitute in the final, while Croatia’s Ivan Perišić and Marcelo Brozović represented Inter. 


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