Luka Modric has maintained that winning the World Cup is the only thing on his mind ahead of Sunday's final with France.
The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder has stood out for the Vatreni in Russia over the past month and is now joint-favourite with final opponent Kylian Mbappe to given the Golden Ball award.
The 32-year-old has now been tipped to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long dominance in the Ballon d'Or running, having also starred for Madrid in their latest Champions League success, but Modric is putting talk of individual accolades to one side in pursuit of team honours.
“I've repeated several times that I'm focused on the team's success,” the little maestro told reporters at Saturday's pre-match press conference.
“When you're mentioned in that context, it's very nice, it's pleasing, but I don't worry myself about that.
“I want my team to win and hopefully we win [on Sunday]. Other things are outside my control. What I want is success for the national team. Individual awards are not a priority for me.”
Modric has netted two goals and set up one more in six games for Croatia this summer.
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