Rakitic: Modric is the best player in the world

MADRID (Reuters) - Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has confirmed that his Croatian teammate and Real Madrid player Luka Modric is the best in the world.

Modric is competing for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, with FIFA World Cup star Mohammed Salah and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Luka Modric is one of the best players in the Spanish league this year and he is the best player in the world this year, and we, the Croats, are proud of him," Rakeitch said in comments quoted by the Croatian daily Novi List.

 "There are a lot of grudges against Modric, I'm proud of him and happy like I'm the one who will win the prize."

"I hope that Modric will get the remaining prize for him this season, (Golden Ball) because he really deserves it.

Modric won the European Player of the Year award and the best player of the season

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