Luka Modric, a Real Madrid legend, has stated that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be his final international tournament for Croatia.
The 37-year-old midfielder led his country to the 2018 World Cup final and was awarded the Golden Ball for the best player during the tournament in Russia.
Modric was also awarded the Ballon d’Or for his outstanding performances for both his country and Los Blancos that year.
The Croatian captain has also played a key role in helping Real win both the LaLiga and Champions League last season.
The former Tottenham man has now confirmed that he will now lead his nation out for one last time next month at a major tournament in Qatar.
‘I am aware that I am of a certain age and that this is my last competition in the Croatian National team,’ Modric told Fifa+.
This comes a month after he said he was not thinking about international retirement during the Nations League clashes, in which they progressed into the final four.
‘I’m not thinking about that,’ Modric stated. ‘I haven’t made any decisions. I’m focused on the Nations League.
‘We have an opportunity to qualify for the last four, then we have the World Cup and then we will see.