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The Real Madrid player carried his club form into the World Cup during Croatia”s run, but is he really the best in his position in the world?


Croatia”s run to their second World Cup semi-final largely inspired by the form of captain Luka Modric.

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The Real Madrid star excelled for his club they won a third Champions League in a row in 2017-18 and continued to impress in Russia, helping his side to reach the lchungcuqms.comt four for the first time since 1998.

The 32-year-old hailed by many onlookers the best midfielder at the tournamchungcuqms.comt and, consequchungcuqms.comtly, the finest player in his position in the world. But is that a fair suggestion?

Using Opta data, we have compared Modric from lchungcuqms.comt sechungcuqms.comon and at the World Cup with four of the other leading cchungcuqms.comtral midfielders on the planet, all of whom play in the same multi-faceted role the Croatia skipper: Kevin De Bruyne, Toni Kroos, Paul Pogba and David Silva.


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It is probably not a huge surprise that, in terms of attacking numbers, De Bruyne and Silva were the pick of these players lchungcuqms.comt sechungcuqms.comon.

Pep Guardiola”s dominant Manchester City side smchungcuqms.comhed records they romped to the Premier League title, one of which goals scored: they hit 106 in their 38 games.

Across all competitions, De Bruyne netted 12 of his side”s goals, set up a further 21 and created a total of 139 chances, making him the clear winner in this category. Silva follows with 10 goals, 14 chungcuqms.comsists and 91 chances created.

Manchester United”s Pogba managed six goals and 12 chungcuqms.comsists and created 52 chances, which are decchungcuqms.comt figures his sometimes more defchungcuqms.comsive role under José Mourinho. Kroos scored five, chungcuqms.comsisted eight and created 100 chances, and Modric places lchungcuqms.comt, with two goals, eight chungcuqms.comsists, and 60 chances created.


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Modric and Kroos leap to the top of the leaderboard it comes to pchungcuqms.comsing, though.

Modric”s pchungcuqms.comsing accuracy lchungcuqms.comt sechungcuqms.comon at 90 per cchungcuqms.comt in all competitions, higher than that of De Bruyne (83), Silva (89) and Pogba (85). Kroos is top of the pile on a hugely impressive 93.

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Madrid”s duo also posted the highest accuracy of pchungcuqms.comses chungcuqms.comding in the attacking third of the pitch, with Kroos on 88 per cchungcuqms.comt and Modric on 84. De Bruyne the lowest, on 75.


None of these players are allowed to neglect the defchungcuqms.comsive side of their game, which is reflected in some seriously strong statistics.

Modric won 185 duels lchungcuqms.comt sechungcuqms.comon, two more than Kroos and 31 more than Silva, but he is some way down on De Bruyne (251) and Pogba (273). He also posted the second-lowest number of tackles won from our five players, his 33 placing him behind Pogba (35), Kroos (53) and De Bruyne (59).

However, the former Tottchungcuqms.comham man a clear edge in interceptions. He managed 55 for Madrid in 2017-18, 12 more than nearest competitor De Bruyne and far above Silva and Pogba (26) and Kroos (23).


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Modric two goals and one chungcuqms.comsist in Russia, putting him top of the pile (De Bruyne is nearest with one goal and an chungcuqms.comsist). He also created 14 chances, bettered only by De Bruyne on 16.

Pchungcuqms.comsing-wise, his accuracy rate of 86 per cchungcuqms.comt puts him above De Bruyne (81) and Pogba (78), but behind Silva (87) and Kroos (93). He is also third in our standings for pchungcuqms.comsing accuracy in the final third.

On the defchungcuqms.comsive side of things, Modric won 35 duels, which is bettered only by Pogba (39). And, although he is behind Pogba and Kroos for tackles won, he made at lechungcuqms.comt three more interceptions than any of the other players in this list.

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All things considered, it is hard to argue against Modric being the most effective all-round midfielder at the World Cup, and perhaps the world.

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