Modric started in Croatia's all six games at the World Cup so far. The 32-year-old Real Madrid player was named the man of the match three times and has scored two goals at the tournament.

"Actually, I am focused on my team's success," Modric said.

"When you are tipped in this context [to win FIFA World Cup Golden Ball] it's very flattering, of course, but I don't really care about that.

"The only thing I care about is the victory of my team [in the final against France].

"I work for the team's success, personal awards are not something one should strive for."

Croatia, whose previous best result was their third place at the 1998 World Cup, will take on the winners of the same tournament, France, in the final, which will be played in Moscow on Sunday at 18:00 local time (15:00 GMT).