Luka Modric summarised his Croatia colleague and Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic perfectly on social media.

Modric and Kovacic shared a special journey at the World Cup, one that might be their last major adventure together on the global stage.

The pair were pivotal to their nation’s dramatic and determined run to the semi-final, losing out to eventual winners Argentina.

Croatia v Morocco: 3rd Place - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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After surviving two penalty shoot-outs, succeeding successive two-hour matches, overcoming the South Americans was just a step too far.

Yet, Modric and Kovacic were awarded for their efforts with a bronze medal, having defeated Morocco in the third-place playoff.

Both of the Croats had a claim for being the competition’s best midfielders, an honour they would happily split between them.

They have achieved so much together, but sadly a golden area is coming to an end.

Modric will hang up his international boots before too long, with the torch likely passed over to his former Real Madrid teammate.

Kovacic is the heir to throne, with Croatia’s captain already giving him his blessing.

Argentina v Croatia: Semi Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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In response to the Chelsea midfielder’s latest Instagram post, reflecting on the World Cup journey, Modric needed just three words to describe his compatriot.

‘You are incredible’ replied the 37-year-old, adding a love heart emoji for good measure.

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, Luka!

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