Full credit to Darijo Srna.
The Croatia captain’s father sadly passed away five days ago but, as one of football’s consummate professionals, Srna ensured he was back in France after the funeral to represent his national team in their second Euro 2016 group-stage match against the Czech Republic on Friday afternoon.
The 34-year-old was overcome with emotion during Croatia’s national anthem and the footage touched the hearts of many on social media.
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As soon as the referee blew his whistle for the start of the match, however, it was business as usual for Srna.
The Croatian, who plies his trade for Shakhtar Donetsk, is arguably one of the most underrated right-backs in Europe. Ultra consistent, you have to admire his professionalism for playing on so soon after his father’s passing.
Video: Darijo Srna cries during national anthem
Srna: It was my father's wish
In a press conference before Friday’s match, Srna was quoted by Goal as saying: "It's a very difficult moment for me and for my family.
”I just have to say thank you to everybody, to all of you, to all my friends, family colleagues and team-mates - they are giving me support in every single way since I heard the news straight after the match.
"I am fit for the match, I am ready. Everybody knows that my father's last wish was for me to play and win as much as possible with the Croatian national team."
He added: "It was my father's wish. Everything that he did in his life was for me to win matches with the Croatian football team.
"I went back to my house in Metkovic and they said to me that my father's last wish was to continue playing this Euro. They will all be happy to see me on the pitch playing for Croatia.
"I am self-confident enough to do my best. When I got married, the next night after my marriage I flew to play for the national team against Austria."
Croatia can qualify for last 16
Croatia are still drawing 0-0 with Czech Republic at the time of writing but can book their place in the last 16 by taking all three points.
Ante Cacic’s men won their opening game against Turkey thanks to a fine volley by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
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