And Lovren claims that he should be recognised as one of the world's best after reaching the Champions League final with Liverpool and now the World Cup final against France, which takes place on Sunday.
The England central defender has seen his stock rise no end after a magnificent World Cup where his performances have helped his country to the last four of the tournament.
"We went through a lot of s**t", he said.
"People said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".
This victory over England led Croatia to their first World Cup final and Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor sealed Croatia's third consecutive win in extra-time or penalties, having beaten Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty shootouts in the previous two rounds.
"Without being arrogant, I think I have proved to be one of the best defenders in the world".
"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he told BeIN Sports after beating England.
"It was quite a tough first half, we couldn't control the ball and they had some chances, but in the second half we did much better".
Last night he exorcised those ghosts, helping to shut Harry Kane down as Croatia reached the World Cup final.
And he is delighted that this current Croatian generation have finally lived up to, and now surpassed, the standards of the 1998 team which reached the semi-finals.
"People are crying, they are happy in our country - this is something historical for us", Lovren said.
"This is something we will never forget". We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight. We will never forget this.
"Now we have a chance to do something even better".