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Rakitic hails 'brother' Modric for landing Golden Ball

12:23 GMT+4 16/07/2018
The Barcelona midfielder was left beaming with pride after seeing his Real Madrid rival and Croatia team-mate named the best player at World Cup 2018

Ivan Rakitic put club rivalries to one side to honour his Croatia team-mate Luka Modric in the aftermath of Croatia's World Cup final defeat to France.

Modric was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player, and Rakitic shared an image of the two together with the prize on his Instagram account after the 4-2 loss in Moscow.

Rakitic, whose attentions will soon turn to Barcelona's campaign for back-to-back La Liga titles at the expense of Modric's Real Madrid, paid tribute to his country's 32-year-old talisman.

"Brother Luka Modric, you do not know how proud I am!" said Rakitic.

"All deserved, we celebrate with our family and all Croats!

"Nothing more beautiful than to be Croatia."

While Modric starred for his country at Russia 2018, his personal prize offers little consolation on the back of a collective stumble at the final hurdle.

It may be that he has graced football's grandest international stage for the last time, with a 'Golden Generation' of talent set to be broken up. 

Modric and Rakitic do, however, still have plenty to be excited about at club level as they seek to put World Cup disappointment behind them and hit the ground running in 2018-19.