The Croatian team at the 2022 World Cup is a beautiful example to the world!
The Croatian team at this year’s World Cup in Qatar made headlines for their outspoken, visual example of their passion for the Catholic faith.
Many photos surfaced on social media showing the coach, players, and even a Croatian parliament member exemplifying zeal for the faith.
Below are several viral posts of Croatian team members showing their love for the saints, the rosary, and their Catholic faith.
Here’s the posts below:
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One quote from the post above reads, “In [this] video, [team captain Luka Modríc] is seen giving little kisses to a photo of his family, with an image of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary on his shin guards before a soccer match.”
In an Oct. 4 post, Croatian team coach Zlatko Dalic published an image venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary.
His translated post reads, “Three days – 120 km. Thank you, [Mama] for all the [blessings]! I trust in you Lord! 🙏🇭🇷”
Sports fans also spotted the coach praying the rosary before games.
The post above reads, “Zlatko Dalic, the Croatian football head coach, a devout Catholic, said that he prays the Rosary before every game. / ‘The Rosary is always with me, and when I feel a little rough, I put my hand in my pocket, clasp the rosary, and everything becomes simpler’.”
Croatian parliament member Stephen Nikola Bartulica was also spotted praying the rosary during a World Cup game. EWTN News reporter Mark Irons published photos on Twitter.
The tweet reads, “Croatian parliament member, Catholic [Stephen Nikola Bartulica] prayed with rosary [while] watching #CroatiaVsBrazil penalty shootout yesterday at a [D.C.] watch party. #Croatia advances to #WorldCup semifinals.”
Here’s some more posts of the Croatian World Cup players putting the faith on display:
Croatian goal keeper Dominic Livakovic, who is a Catholic, praying before the shootout against Brazil in the FIFA quarterfinals.
Image: Fr Ivan Dominik pic.twitter.com/e3UaTCv2LR
— Sachin Jose (@Sachinettiyil) December 11, 2022
Croatian football captain Luka Modric with an image of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
Image Courtesy: Fr Ivan Dominik. pic.twitter.com/Pnlt5CmTe0
— Sachin Jose (@Sachinettiyil) December 5, 2022