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Nikola Kalinic Misses Out On Historic World Cup Final Because of Pride And Ego

The first big lesson learnt from the World Cup which comes to a dramatic end this evening is that, it is always important to be humble and more importantly, disciplined if you are to succeed in sports or any other profession. This follows an act of stupidly, pride and cheer ego exhibited by Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic who refused to play as a substitute in Croatia’s first group stage game against Nigeria.

Fans have since been mocking the striker with ‘Don’t be like Nikola Kalinic’ chants, twits and other social media posts as Croatia reach World Cup final after he was sent home for refusing to come on as substitute.

Striker Nikola Kalinic misses out on a historic moment for Croatia because of ego.

After getting himself sent home from the World Cup, Nikola Kalinic has now become a laughing stock after his country reached the World Cup final without him.

The striker refused to come on as a substitute in Croatia’s first group game, a 2-0 win over Nigeria, and was subsequently sent home by manager Zlatko Dalic.

Kalinic (circled) on the substitute’s bench refused to come on against Nigeria.

His decision to place his ego over the country’s needs has severely backfired as Croatia reached the World Cup final and proved that it is better to completely eliminate toxicity from the squad.


Fans from all over the world have since reacted in disgust taking to social media to mock the striker who was supposed to be Croatia’s second out-and out striker leaving Mario Mandzukic to do the job alone. And indeed he did his part after scoring the winning goal against England in a 2-1 win to send the Croats t their first ever World Cup final. A historic moment which Kalinic has missed and will forever regret as it may never happen again.

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