Back in 2014 the likes of James Rodriguez, Keylor Navas and Marcos Rojo all earned big money moves off the back of their stellar performances for their respective national teams. This year’s tournament isn’t any different as reputable clubs have already began to keep tabs on some of the 2018 World Cup’s lesser-known, yet outstanding players such as Croatia’s Ante Rebic.
Croatia aren’t what you’d describe as a star studded team, but they do have quality within their ranks. Going into the tournament their key men were expected to be Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric and Andrej Kramaric, but who would have thought that Rebic would prove to be an influential figure for Zlatko Dalic’s side.
The Eintracht Frankfurt winger has found the back of the net on one occasion in his three starts for Croatia in the tournament. One goal in five World Cup appearances might not seem like a huge achievement on the surface, but his displays of resilience and skill for his country have brought him to the limelight.
His lone goal for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup came in his side’s 3-0 victory over Argentina, a game in which Rebic displayed his attacking masterclass, often running at Argentina’s defence and forcing them into making mistakes.