It’s Messi vs Modrić for a place at the greatest stage of International football – the World Cup finals
In a real life David and Goliath match-up between the tiny European nation of Croatia vs the South American giants – Argentina, it is Goliath who has seemingly everything to lose.
The hopes of both the teams lie on their respective talismans – Messi and Modrić.
Momentum is building behind Messi’s push to cap his career with the biggest prize in the game. The 35-year-old Argentina playmaker has carried his team to the semifinals, almost in the same way Diego Maradona – the man with whom Messi is so often compared – led the South American nation to its second and most recent World Cup title in 1986.