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'I Am One Of The Best Defenders In The World!'

'I Am One Of The Best Defenders In The World!'

By Keegan Kruger - Jul 12, 2018 06:01 PM @KeeganKruger

A Croatia international, who featured in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final in May, believes his performances over the past few months prove that he is "one of the best defenders in the world".

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Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has had his fair share of critics, but on Wednesday, he played a key role in his country's 2-1 extra-time win over England in the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

After the match in Moscow, Lovren hit back at those who have questioned his ability.

"I heard people saying I had a difficult season but I don't agree with that," the 29-year-old told beIN SPORTS.

"I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League, and now with my national team, we are in the (World Cup) final.

"I think people should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense."

Lovren also called for his national team captain Luka Modric to be crowned the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner after leading the country to their first ever World Cup final.

"This is something we will never forget. People are crying, they are happy in our country. This is something historic for us. People will never forget us," he added.

"It was quite tough first half, we couldn't control the ball, and they had some chances, but in the second half, we did much better. In extra time, we showed that we are still able, with the fatigue, to play our game.

"Modric is not one of the best, (he is) the best midfield player in the world, and if we win this World Cup, he deserves the Ballon d'Or."

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Would you say Lovren is one of the best defenders in the world right now? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Jul 13, 2018 07:52 AM
Well done to them and good luck... Messi & Neymar shouldn't be shortlisted for the Ballon d'OR this year since they didn't win anything big as for my King CR7 can be shortlisted, but can't win it... Modric, Mbappe, Griezmann, Pogba etc should be our winners this year or even Hazard deserves it more than Tikoloshe
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Mfanakamdala Jul 13, 2018 06:33 AM
@terror110 They are celebrating being in the final. Its historic for them. They are not even talking abt taking the cup cow
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Jul 13, 2018 05:49 AM
This year ballon d'or has no favourite, I will still go for Messi after scoring many goals!
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Zakes2324 Joined: 16 Nov 2013
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Zakes2324 Jul 12, 2018 08:56 PM
As much as I love Modric...he didn't have a good match yesterday based on his standard same as Kane
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Ricworld Jul 12, 2018 08:15 PM
As much as l would wanna want France to win, but this Croatia team will surprise the World.
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karjean Joined: 08 Aug 2013
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karjean Jul 12, 2018 07:18 PM
@terror110 Ja it can take a good game plan to beat France ..frm what i saw yesterdai it wl b an easy win fr france
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terror110 Joined: 02 Mar 2012
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terror110 Jul 12, 2018 07:10 PM
dis Croatian players dey r already celebrating az if dey hv already won de wrld cup kanti CHA
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terror110 Joined: 02 Mar 2012
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terror110 Jul 12, 2018 07:07 PM
lol lovren he cried like baby whn he lost in champions league final
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karjean Joined: 08 Aug 2013
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karjean Jul 12, 2018 06:29 PM
Ths cow was jst committing unnecessary fouls & nearly got a red card fr being too emotional. Even Modric had a quiet evening..Rakitic played well and Perisic
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vijjox Jul 12, 2018 06:28 PM
Indeed the best middle fielder

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