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By now we should all be well aware that Luka Modric is not human, but his running stats from the World Cup only further highlight what a special player he is.
The Croatia captain's sublime technical ability quite rightly gets the majority of the focus in his game but the Real Madrid midfielder combines that with an incredible engine which has seen him cover a staggering 63 km distance in his nation's run to the World Cup final.
Granted, he's played more minutes than anyone else because of going to extra time in three consecutive knockout games but 39.1 miles is still utterly incredible. We saw it the other night against England, where Modric was still running the game late on and showing little signs of fatigue. He has a remarkable ability to go up another gear when others fall down a peg.
Luka Modric never stops. :clap::clap: pic.twitter.com/lJbwBmjFzT
- FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 12, 2018
Croatia's captain Luka Modric covered the most distance out of all the players in the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM, totaling 63km during the matches. That's equal to lining up 1,676 Airbus A320s in a single line. #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/LDUKjoObja
- Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) July 12, 2018
Luka Modric has had himself one hell of a #WorldCup... :flag_hr::raised_hands:
:soccer: Croatia's joint-top scorer (2)
:runner:♂️ Most distance covered (63km)
⏱ Most minutes played (604)
:dart: Most accurate set-pieces taken (30)
:star: Fourth-most chances created (16) pic.twitter.com/OI6dqixHvM
- TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) July 13, 2018
Going off a spreadsheet created by ahmed_imtiaz on Reddit, N'Golo Kante gives his upcoming opponent a run for his money when it comes to distance ran.
It's been said that 70 per cent of the earth is covered by the French midfield dynamo and he's accrued a distance of 62.7 km in his time on the pitch in Russia, putting him in third place behind Ivan Rakitic, who is on 62.9 km.
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