Croatia created history by reaching their first ever FIFA World Cup final in Russia. However, the daunting task ahead in France is not intimidating them.
Although, they begin the game as underdogs. Croatia has the player quality that can win them games. One of the star-studded players in the line up is Barcelona’s midfielder, Ivan Rakitic.
The 30-year old had already won all the potential titles as a club footballer and is oozing to win the World Cup on Sunday. With a mere 4.5 million population, Croatia’s run to the final of the World Cup is nothing short of history.
And Rakitic believes there will be 4.5 million players for Croatia on the pitch during Sunday’s final. The hype and positive vibes surrounding the team are quite good.
They had won Group D and progressed as the winners and then defeated Denmark in their Round of 16 clashes. Croatia then won against hosts Russia on penalties, before beating England in semi-finals to progress to the finals of the tournament.
They will now face tournament favourites France in the finals of 2018 World Cup.
“This is a historic game not just for the 13 or 14 players and the squad but also for everybody who is a Croat,” Rakitic said at a news conference on Friday. “There will be 4.5 million players on the pitch.
“I think that you only need to take a look at the footage coming from Croatia to see what’s been going on over the past month. It cannot be described with words, that amount of joy, togetherness, unity, pride. It’s incredible. … If there was a stadium big enough for 4.5 million people, it would be full.”
Croatia have been very impressive, as they played as a collective unit throughout the tournament. Ivan Rakitic, Modric, Mandzukic, Rebic and others had turned up when the team needed results. It has been the case in their glorious run to the finals, as they look to make one final step.
Ivan Rakitic revealed he is ready to exchange all his titles and also sacrifice rest of his career for World Cup. He also insisted the team and country ahead in the game and no individuals matter.
“I would exchange all titles,” Rakitic said. “I would definitely leave my boots at home if that were the price I would have to pay, I would pay any price for the success of my country. Individuals don’t matter. It is all about us.”