Don’t be like Nikola Kalinic: Fans mock striker as Croatia reaches final
Croatia reach World Cup final after he was sent home for refusing to come on as substitute
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.
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 countries took to Twitter to mock the player as he is now forced to watch his country battle for their first World Cup from home. One Twitter user warned his followers not to be like Kalinic.
‘I want you to meet Nikola Kalinic. He came to the World Cup as part of Croatia’s squad. He’s a talented striker. He reportedly refused to come in as a sub in the group stage win over Nigeria. He was then sent home as a result. Don’t be like Nikola Kalinic.’
Other users tried to cheer each other up, by reminding themselves that no matter how bad things were, they could be worse.
‘Your life could be worse, you could be Nikola Kalinic,’ said one person, while another was more sympathetic: ‘No matter how bad you feel this morning, at least you’re not Croatia’s Kalinic.
‘He refused to come on as a late sub against Nigeria, claiming to be ‘injured’, he was sent home from the World Cup. and now has to watch his country play in a World Cup final from his home.’
After Kalinic was sent home, Croatia went on to win their group in resounding style, beating Argentina 3-0 and Iceland 2-1 to top the group with nine points.
They have also beaten Denmark, Russia and England on their way to the World Cup final, although all three games ended in a draw inside 90 minutes. Croatia will play France on Sunday as they bid to win their first ever World Cup.
“Croatia came to this World Cup with only two natural strikers. Mario Mandzukic, the guy who scored the winner in d match against England.
The other was Nikola Kalinic He was on the bench for Croatia’s first game against Nigeria. With five munites to end that game, coach instructed him to dress up and replace another player.
Kalinic angrily refused to play, in protest of being left on the bench.
He saw himself a top player, and wouldn’t come on for just five munites. The coach turned to other player Pjaca for the substitution.
After the match, Kalinic refused to apologize, despite appeals from other coaching staff.
The coach then sacked him from the team, and sent him home from Russia. Kalinic flew for holidays, and even posted pictures of himself enjoying elsewhere.
After all, he seem to imagine, Croatia won’t go anywhere in the tournament. But without him, the team managed to win their matches.
Croatia has achieved their greatest football achievement in history, reaching the World Cup final.
The remaining 22 players are national heroes. Their names forever inscribed in the hearts of generations.
Kalinic should have been part but minus him. All because of minutes of anger. Minutes of pride and bloated ego.
He may have regretted now. He may have realized his tomfoolery. But it is too late. These stories about life are quite familiar to us, but do we really learn lessons from them? As they profoundly apply to all spheres of life?
Learn to CUT PRIDE. Learn to control anger and DEFLATE EGO and ultimately, learn to say SORRY.
Years of SWEAT & DEDICATION can all be shattered by moments of ANGER and PRIDE.
DON’T BE A KALINIC”