A lot of the media got carried away by plotting the team's route to the final.
The award has been dominated by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo the last 10 years, with the duo winning it five teams each in that period.
Russian Federation is hosting this year's cup for the first time, and enjoyed "home court advantage" no doubt, as it secured a place in the quarterfinals for the first time ever, after a victory over Spain. Croatia's win over England was easy since Croatia had to come from one goal down.
"Modric would probably be getting more attention than he is right now if he was a German or Spanish player".
"This is an incredible achievement for us", he said.
ALSO READ: Is Modric the best midfielder in the world? Or will Croatia put an end to the choruses of Football's Coming Home ringing out around the country? - the author of the article wonders. "I think they're the toughest competition for us in the World Cup".
England's World Cup has been marked by set piece goals thus far - nine of the team's 12 goals in the tournament have come from free kicks, corners, and the penalty spot. "We should have killed the game before extra-time, but this is an wonderful achievement for us, a dream come true".
"He could go on and that was the most important thing", Modric said of his goalkeeper. Such awards are for the contribution you've made. "We've already accomplished something big, but we want to do more", he told reporters.
Sky Sports reports that Henderson's tight hamstring "is not too serious" but England's medical team will "manage the Liverpool captain's fitness carefully ahead of Wednesday's match".