Croatia captain Luka Modric said being awarded the Golden Ball for the World Cup’s best player was “bittersweet” after losing the final 4-2 to France on Sunday.
“Obviously I liked the recognition and thanks to those who chose me, but clearly I would have preferred to have won the World Cup,” said the Real Madrid midfielder.
“It wasn’t to be and now we will rest and in the coming days celebrate this because it is still a huge thing for Croatia, but right now the feeling is bittersweet.
“We are proud of what we have done, but a bit sad at losing the final.”
“Although I think we deserved more, we can’t change anything,” added Modric.
“We can only be proud of what we did – we never gave up and fought until the end.”
Croatia were doubly frustrated by Pitana’s decision as France’s opener also came from a dubious free-kick.
“The small details went in favour of France. It is a shame because I think we were very, very good and deserved to win,” said Ivan Rakitic.
Writer & Courtesy: The Pioneer