The Croatian professional footballer, Luka Modric, born on 9th September 1985 is a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid. He captains the Croatia National team.

He is well-known for his mid fielding and is the best Croatian footballer of all time. He received fame for taking Croatia to the World Cup Final and he was the first Croatian player to win UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award.

Modric spent his early years as a child refugee. His grandfather was killed by the Serb forces and his house was set on fire and hence they had to flee away to Zadar.

From there he began footballing and drew attention to himself. When the coach at the First Division club NK Zadar, Josip Bajlo saw the little boy play in the refugee hotel, he signed him up for the club’s football school.

One of the close acquaintances of Modric says that the 1991-95 war with the Serb rebels had toughened Luka up as a child.

He left Zadar for Dinamo Zagreb in 2000 and in 2008 he joined English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

In 2012, he was snapped up by Real Madrid but during the multi-million-euro corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s former chief Zdravko Mamic, Modric’s image was tarnished in Croatia by his testimony which supported Mamic’s case.

Whatever anger was lingering against him dissipated when he took Croatia to their first World Cup and the Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric hoisted the Ballon d’Or in 2018 prize ceremony at Paris, ending the 10 year dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or rankings

He is now considered as the national hero of his home country after receiving the Best FIFA Men’s Player and Ballon d’Or Awards .

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