'Modric is adorable. You just want to hug him'
- Joey Didulica remembers Luka Modric for his strong character and hard work
- Croatian goalkeeper enjoyed talking to young Luka during the time they spent together in the national team
Luka Modric has been praised by many people this summer and his former teammate Joey Didulica joins them ahead of the World Cup final:
"He's a small man, but he's got a big personality. He's a lovable kind of character," the former Ajax goalkeeper told Omnisport.
"What makes him such a lovable character is his ability during a game, his work rate. He'll run for somebody else, he'll make a tackle for somebody else, and he trains hard, he's got respect off the field as well as on the field.
"He's one of these characters that he's like your little brother. He's just adorable. You just want to hug him.
Didulica met Modric in Croatia national team in 2006.
"He's a nice kid. I remember when I was there, he was still young but he always used to talk about Ajax to me and [say], 'You're at Ajax, that's my dream sort of club, I love Ajax' and he was just asking a lot of questions.
The former keeper recalls Luka's hard work and dedication:
"He always stayed back after training and would shoot and ask, and ask politely, 'Would you mind going in goal?' and things like that. He was just really nice and everybody just flocked to him, they wanted to hang out with him."
How would you describe Modric?