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Luka Modric Bio

Croatian footballer Luka Modri, a midfielder for Real Madrid and Croatia, was born in Zagreb. Dinamo Zagreb signed him as a youngster in 2002 after seeing him play for his native club Zadar’s youth squad. Zrinjski Mostar and Inter Zaprei were his first two professional stops. Dinamo signed Modri to a contract that would keep him there until 2015. Dinamo promoted him to the first squad, and he scored seven goals in 31 games to help the team win the league. With Modri making a similar performance in 2006–07, Dinamo won the league again, earning the Prva HNL Player of the Year title. Tottenham Hotspur signed Modric to a six-year deal in the summer of 2008, and the transfer was completed on April 26. On August 16, 2008, he made his competitive debut for Tottenham against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, losing 2–1. Real Madrid signed Croatian midfielder Luka Modric to a five-year contract worth an estimated £33 million on August 27, 2012. Against Real Zaragoza in the league, he netted his first goal for the club in injury time in the final minute of the game on 3 November 2012. A member of the Croatian national team since 2006, Modri competed in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics for his country.

TOPSHOT – Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish League football match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 24, 2020. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Childhood and adolescence

As the child of Radojka Dopu and Stipe Modri in Zadar, Croatia, Luka Modri was born on September 9 of 1985. In addition to his father being an aeromechanic, his mother was a textile worker. While their financial situation was less than ideal, the family managed to get through.

During the terrible Bosnian War, his parents were forced to flee their home by Serbian aggressors. Because of the Croatian War of Independence, his family’s financial position had deteriorated while he was growing up.

He spent a large part of his youth living with his grandparents due to his parents’ financial difficulties. When he was five, he started working as a goat herder. Later, Serbian separatists assassinated his grandfather. The family’s house was destroyed in a fire, and they were forced to escape.

His father served in the Croatian army during this time of upheaval. In the city of Zadar, where the family had relocated, bombings had become the norm. Football was the city’s finest young diversion at the time, and Luka wasn’t immune to its influence.

Since he was a child, Luka had been enamoured with football. He was little and frail for a boy his age, yet he was gifted at football.

He had a reputation for being a frail young man. He was turned down even during the ‘Hajduk Split’ youth trial. However, for a long period, his abilities were not overlooked. He put forth a lot of effort till he became unavoidable.

Because of his consistent growth in both height and frame, he was signed by the squad ‘Dinamo Zagreb.’ Finally, he agreed to terms on a 10-year deal.

Career

Dinamo Zagreb signed him when he was 16 years old in 2002. He was chosen because of his impressive play for the youth squad of his local club, NK Zadar. He was, however, deemed unable to play for the senior club squad due to his age. His loan stints were Zrinjski Mostar (2003-2004) and Inter Zaprei (2004-2005).

For the teams to which he was loaned, Luka netted 12 goals in 40 appearances. It wasn’t a particularly impressive goal tally, but as a midfielder, he did better than average. As a result, he was eagerly anticipating making his Dinamo’ debut in 2005.

He scored seven goals in 31 games as a senior for ‘Dinamo’ in his first regular season as a senior player and helped his club win the league. He was Eduardo’s primary assist giver, and the two of them combined for a slew of goals and victories. As a result of Luka’s efforts, his club won two additional league titles in the next two seasons.

While playing with Dinamo, he won the prestigious “Prva HNL Player of the Year Award” in his second season there. He scored 31 goals and assisted 29 times in four seasons with Dinamo. The ‘Croatian Cup’ was also won under his leadership in 2007. In 2008, he left ‘Dinamo,’ after a tremendously successful run.

In 2008, he joined with ‘Tottenham Hotspur,’ a squad in the ‘English Premier League.’ An all-time high of 16.5 million British pounds was paid for the purchase. He scored 13 goals in 127 games while playing for ‘Tottenham’ over the course of four seasons. In the 2010–2011 season, he also guided his team to their first appearance in the ‘UEFA Champions League,’ in 50 years, where they ended up reaching the quarterfinals.

When Luka came to Real Madrid, he did so to play for one of the finest teams in the world. It was the pinnacle of his professional achievement. By the end of the ‘Champions League,’ his flawless play had earned him a spot on the ‘Squad of the Season.’

In the 2015–2016, 2016–2017, and 2017–2018 seasons, he was instrumental in helping his side win three straight ‘Champions League’ crowns. Additionally, he was recognised as a key member of each season’s ‘Squad of the Season.

In 2016, he received the “La Liga Award” for “Best Midfielder” and in 2017 and 2018, he received the “UEFA Club Award” for “Best Midfielder.” In 2016 and 2018, he was chosen to the ‘FIFA World XI’ squads for the first time as a Croatian footballer. In the same years, he was also selected to the UEFA Team of the Year.

The first Croatian to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award was he in 2018. He’s also won the ‘Ballon d’Or,’ the game’s highest honour.

Since 2006, he has represented Croatia at the international level. 14 goals have been scored by him for the United States national team in 122 games played thus far. He was the greatest player in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, leading his country to the finals and winning the ‘Golden Ball Award,’ awarded to the finest player in the competition.

Personal and Family Life

Luka Modri was in a four-year relationship with Vanja Bosni before they tied the knot in May of 2010. A boy and two girls were born to the couple: Ivano is the oldest, while Ema and Sofia are the youngest.

Outside of work, Luka has kept a quiet profile.

He was present when the 2018 Croatian football corruption scandal became public knowledge. Zdravko Mami, a former executive of ‘Dinamo,’ was accused of pocketing a large portion of Luka’s transfer price, claiming that he had helped fund Luka’s early career. After that, Luka was criticised by Croatian football supporters for supposedly attempting to save Zdravko.

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