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Suker lauds Modric as best midfielder in the world

Former Croatia striker Davor Suker has hailed Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric as the best midfielder in the world.

Suker, who starred for Madrid during his playing career, is now the president of the Croatian Football Federation.

Compatriot Modric has since taken up the mantle of being the Croatian to dazzle at the Santiago Bernabeu and is held in high regard by the los Blancos faithful.

And while Suker believes this era of superstar forwards makes the ex-Tottenham man an unlikely recipient of the Ballon d'Or, he is keen that his quality does not go unappreciated.

"It is not easy because there is Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Lionel] Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez," Suker told AS. "But, of course, Modric in his position is the best.

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"What I would wish for Luka, because I know that is what most excites him, is to win many trophies with his club, Real Madrid.

"He has personality and has earned respect with his football. He is an honest, humble and hardworking guy and this is what is valued in a club like Madrid."

In Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona have their own Croatian midfield maestro on the other side of the Clasico divide, and Suker was not keen to enter into a debate over their contrasting qualities.

"Man, that's like asking me if I [prefer] my father to my mother," he exclaimed.

"If you ask a journalist from Madrid, they will say Modric and if you ask a Catalan, they say Rakitic. I'm Croatian.

"But what I can say as president of the Federation of Croatia is that I am proud of both because they are leaving the flag of our country high in two of the best clubs in the world."