A geographically small country of about four million people has managed to deliver a few top athletes during their football history. Our generation knows best the "Golden Generation", a national team from the 1990s that brought Croatia to the bronze at the World Cup in France in 1998 under the leadership of Miroslav Ćiro Blažević. Composed of Goran Vlaović, Davor Šuker, Robert Jarni, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinečki, Igor Štimac and other great players, Croatia's popularity among the world champions was established and Davor Šuker won the Golden Boot by confirming the competence of his team among the world giants.
Twenty years later, under the leadership of Zlatko Dalić, the Golden Ball was won by Luka Modrić, a captain of a renewed and powerful team consisting of Ivan Rakitić, Mario Mandžukić, Daniel Subašić, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Perišić, Marcelo Brozović, Šime Vrsaljko, Milan Badelj, Ivan Strinić, Vedran Ćorluka, Andrej Kramarić, Lovro Kalinić, Mateo Kovačić, Josip Pivarić, Tin Jedvaj, Marko Pjaca, Filip Bradarić, Duje Ćaleta Car, Domagoj Livaković, Ante Rebić. Experts from the most successful Croatian soccer players in the history include Niko and Robert Kovač, Ivica Olić, Alen Bokšić, Darijo Srna and Dario Šimić, whose names are recognizable throughout the world. A total of 15 Croatian football players were declared the best strikers and 13 big prizes were awarded to Croatian football players.