“Where are the Croatian footballers?”
The words of Zlatko Dalic, Croatia coach, on the FIFA Best Player of the Year 2022 awards
Zlatko Dalicthrough the official channels of Croatian Associationcommented on the awards FIFA the best.
WORDS – “I am disappointed with FIFA’s attitude towards the Croatia national team as I firmly believe that we deserve more respect from the highest governing body in world football for everything we have achieved as a team. Take a look at the list of 14 contenders for the title of The Best – FIFA World Player – apart from the great Luka Modric – where are the other Croatian players?
I don’t want to name names, but was there really no place for Mateo Kovacic on this list? And Josko Gvardiol? Most put him in the 11 type for both the World Cup and the Bundesliga. And doesn’t Dominik Livakovic deserve to be one of the five finalists for the Best Goalkeeper award after making it in Qatar?
If English, Brazilian, Spanish, German or Italian players and managers could have matched our performances, they would have been shortlisted for every possible football award. With that in mind, I have decided not to vote for this year’s awards, but I would like to congratulate all of the winners on their well-deserved awards. Especially with Luka for the excellent fourth place. He’s always number one for me.”