Born 9th September 1985 Zadar , SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
When he was 6, his grandfather was shot dead.
His family became refugees, in a warzone.
He grew up to the sound of grenades exploding.
Coaches said he was too weak and too shy to play football.
Born in Zadar , Modrić was signed by Dinamo Zagreb in 2002 after showing promise with his
hometown club’s youth team. He continued his development in Zagreb before spells on loan to
Zrinjski Mostar and Inter Zaprešić. He made his debut for Dinamo in 2005 and won three consecutive league titles and domestic cups with them, being named the Prva HNL Player of the Year in 2007. In 2008, he moved to
Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur for a record high transfer fee of £16.5 million, where he led Spurs to their first UEFA Champions League appearance in almost 50 years, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2010–11 tournament .
After the 2011–12 season, Modrić joined Real Madrid for a £30 million transfer fee, where he became a key contributor under head coach
Carlo Ancelotti and helped the team to win La Décima , being elected to the squad of the season . He won three consecutive Champions League titles from 2016 to 2018, and in all three years was elected to the squad of the season, as well as receiving the La Liga Award for the “Best Midfielder” in 2016 for the second time, and UEFA Club Football Award for the “Best Midfielder” in 2017.
Modrić made his international debut for Croatia against Argentina in March 2006, and scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Italy . Along with Ivan Rakitić and Mario Mandžukić , Modrić has anchored Croatia’s ” second Golden Generation ” where he has since participated in every major tournament Croatia qualified for, including the 2008 , 2012 , and UEFA Euro 2016 , as well the 2006 , 2014 , and 2018 FIFA World Cup . Following group stage eliminations in his first two World Cups, he led Croatia to the 2018 World Cup Finals after concluding all tournament stages
undefeated . At the UEFA Euro 2008, he was elected to the Team of the Tournament, becoming only the second Croatian to ever achieve this honour. In 2015, he became the first Croatian player ever to be included in the
FIFA World XI , in which he was included once again in 2016 and 2017, as well in the UEFA Team of the Year in 2016 and 2017. He has been named the Croatian Footballer of the Year six times, tied with Davor Šuker for most wins of all-time.
Today, Luka Modric just led Croatia its first ever #WorldCup final.
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