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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFor a player who grew up to the sound of grenades exploding all around him. Who was considered too weak to play football. Luka Modric just guided Croatia to their first football World Cup final. What a terrific way to silence everyone who ever doubted him! © Reuters Football fans and journalists have been guilty of overlooking the genius of certain footballers who are overshadowed by others who hog the limelight. While there is no shame in being the hero behind the scenes at Real Madrid, such has been the dominance of Luka Modric at this World Cup that we simply can't ignore him anymore. © Reuters Don't let his golden locks, diminutive stature, and teenage-like looks confuse you. He plays with the heart of a lion as evidenced by his performances in Russia. He has been an omnipresent entity for Croatia during this World Cup. © Reuters Modric is no stranger to adversity. At the age of 6, his grandfather was murdered by Serbian militants who were gunning down villagers in the small village of Modrici during the Balkan Wars. With four Champions League trophies to his name, it's hard to imagine this genius had such troubled beginnings. © Reuters At the age of 32, he has tireless stamina, often chasing lost causes even when his Croatian side have been in comfortable positions in the games. Moreover, every Croatian attack seems to be based on the brilliance displayed by Modric in the midfield. Whenever his defenders are pressed by the opposition's attack, Modric slides back, receives the ball, displays trickery on the ball and releases one of his teammates. The quality that allows him to do all these tasks at once, is his composure on the ball, as no situation is difficult enough to faze him. © Reuters He's been incredibly hard to dispossess and even harder to mark, as the opposition's defense have been left chasing his shadow during this World Cup. And what's more? In Croatia's match against Argentina in the group stage, he displayed all his qualities at once, as he dribbled past Nicolas Otamendi with ease and placed a vicious 25-yard-shot past a helpless Caballero. © Reuters Never one to grab the spotlight, Modric couldn't hold himself back as he proudly proclaimed that England's arrogance before the game had spurred him and his teammates on. After a quiet first half, Modric imposed himself on the game in a way he's best known for. Modric ran circles around Jordan Henderson and always found himself in space to distribute the ball all over the pitch. © Reuters At the end of extra time, Croatia would have played a match's worth of extra football in this World Cup. However, the Croatian captain once again led by example and brushed off any suggestions of fatigue. His work ethic hadn't reduced as England looked tired and Croatia looked lively as ever. He was key to their performance in the extra time, as Croatia saw themselves through yet again. Croatia are now the first team since England in 1990, to have all their knockout games go into extra time and win. Modric, the ultimate midfielder, has been at the heart of these inspiring performances. © Reuters As Croatia enter the first final in their history, they will once again look to their captain to serve as their inspiration. Modric will be up against France's N'Golo Kante, who has rivalled him for the title of the World Cup's best midfielder, and indeed, its best player. As we have an enticing encounter on our hands, we can't help but applaud Luka Modric and his genius at this World Cup. While the Golden Ball has more often been awarded to a player on the side of the losing finalists, there is no doubt that regardless of the outcome of the final, Luka Modric deserves it.