Nikola Kalinic has rejected his silver medal after Croatia’s impressive display at this summer’s World Cup, according to Croatian media.
The former Blackburn striker turned down the medal after he was disgracefully sent home from Russia 2018 just one game into the tournament.
It’s believed the current AC Milan forward refused to come on as a substitute in his country’s opening 2-0 win over Nigeria due to a back problem, and was afterwards sent home by coach Zlatko Dalic.
Dalic equally revealed Kalinic did the same in a World Cup friendly against Brazil and also during a training session.
Kalinic reportedly said “thank you but I did not play in Russia.” despite the offer from his teammates, having not played in the competition.
Croatia surpassed their World Cup record set in 1998 when they made their debut by topping Group D ahead of Argentina and went all the way to the finals.
The former Yugoslavian side were the comeback kings of the tournament as they overturned the deficit thrice in the knockout stages to reach the finals, beating Denmark, Russia and England in the process.
But in they fell short in the showpiece final, losing 4-2 to France at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium with goals coming from Perisic and Mandzukic in what ended up as consolation goal.