The 32-year-old has been outstanding in his team's run to a semi-final against England in Moscow on Wednesday, picking up the man-of-the-match award in three of Croatia's five matches.
After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0 in the group phase. Playing in the easiest group in the World Cup, Uruguay broke them and they were lucky that Salah was injured and was not at his best level. The internet is flooded with memes, videos and overzealous English fans, who also happen to be at almost every World Cup game singing "It's coming home".
"I've known Luka for a number of years, not only with the national team".
Despite the pre-World Cup barbs and snipes regarding Russia's quality and the politically-charged commentary related to the hosts, they bowed out in style, having exceeded expectations and injected the tournament with a healthy dose of enthusiasm.
"He deserves all the accolades he gets from the media and public". It's down to what we do behind the scenes, what we work on in training, all the hard work to get here.
Croatia's first World Cup semifinal for two decades has revived the memories of the country's football highpoint and raised hopes that Luka Modric's side can go one better than their legendary predecessors.
Of the 73 meetings between the teams, Belgium has won 30 and France 24, with 19 draws between them, although if Belgium is to reach their first World Cup final they will have to do so by beating France at the tournament for the first time.
"I like the style of England, how they play with the young players, how they move", he told Omnisport.
The Croats were to suffer a similar late reverse when eventual champions Portugal defeated them in extra-time of the Euro 2016 Last 16 clash. Can we take it? "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".
"I think that's the biggest thing so far to come out of it and we just want to continue doing everybody proud". In England's class of 2018, free kicks, corners and wide crosses are mostly provided by England's wing backs, Young and Kieran Trippier, and they are proving tough to defend.
"We are concentrating on what's going on now".