Ivan Rakitic believes Luka Modric should get all the awards Messi will miss out on this year.
The Croatia international claimed the World Cup Golden Ball and has gone on to be named UEFA’s best player. He has also been nominated for the FIFA Best Award.
Rakitic’s Barcelona teammate, Messi is missing out on the nomination and he believes his compatriot, Modric should get the awards.
Rakitic believes Modric deserves the Best award, and any other honour his Barcelona team-mate Messi cannot win.
“If there is an individual prize that Lionel Messi can’t win, then there’s no doubt that this season it should go to Luka Modric,” he told Marca.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he were to win with many more votes. This has been his year and I am really happy for him.
“If Messi isn’t the best, then it has to be Modric.”
As well as leading Croatia to the World Cup final, Modric helped Madrid win the Champions League last season.