Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic starred for Croatia during the World Cup and the pair of brilliant midfielders even swapped shirts after the World Cup final, leaving a touching message.
Croatia beat England in the semi-final to reach their first ever World Cup final.
Though it was ultimately heartbreak for Zlatko Dalic’s charges who lost 4-2 to an incredibly talented French team.
But the Croatian camp will fly home with some gold in the shape of the Golden Ball award.
Modric bagged the coveted individual prize following his scintillating performances through out the tournament in Russia.
He was sat alongside Barcelona play maker Ivan Rakitic who also produced heroics, while successfully converting in each penalty shootout against Denmark then Russia.
The pair of influential midfielders struck up a formidable partnership on and off the field.
Following the World Cup final, Modric and Rakitic exchanged shirts complete with a heart-warming message.
Modric to Rakitic: “To my brother Ivan, from my heart, I’m proud to have shared with you great moments on the pitch.”
Rakitic to Modric: “To my brother Luka, it was the greatest honor to spend all this time with you.”