World Cup win would crown Modric's career

Luka Modric made his Croatia debut in 2006 and has played more than 100 internationals

Croatia international Luka Modric says that after winning multiple titles with Real Madrid the last challenge he faces is to help his country make a good showing in the 2018 World Cup, Croatian news agency Hina reported Monday.

"A great result with the national team is the only thing I still want to achieve," the midfielder said Sunday night as he accepted the award as Croatia's best player for the sixth consecutive year.

He said that the squad's first objective is to make it out of the group stage and into the round of 16, "since we haven't achieved that since 1998."

"But I believe we will achieve it in Russia," Modric added.

The team left Zagreb early Monday for the town of Zelenogorsk - about 60km from St. Petersburg - which will be their home during the World Cup in Russia.

Croatia begin their Group D campaign against Nigeria on June 16 before matches with Argentina and Iceland.