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Key Facts & Information
- Luka Modrić was born on September 9, 1985, in Zadar, Croatia. He grew up in Modrići, Zaton Obrovački.
- His parents are Stipe Modrić and Radojka Dopuđ. Modrić’s father later joined the Croatian Army. He was named after his grandfather Luka. He has two sisters named Jasmina and Diora.
- Modrić and his family later became refugees due to the Croatian War of Independence. Without much to do due to the war, Modrić began playing football at a hotel parking lot.
- Modrić began his youth career with the Croatian club NK Zadar. Scouts were hesitant to sign Modrić due to his small stature.
- Luka was eventually able to train at the Dinamo Zagreb Academy. He made it to the senior team in 2003.
- During the 2003-04 season, he was loaned to HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, a club in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- He was later named the 2003 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina Player of the Year.
- Dinamo Zagreb loaned him to the Croatian club Inter Zaprešić.
- Modrić was declared the 2004 Croatian Football Hope of the Year.
- He returned to Dinamo Zagreb in 2005. The club finished as champions of the Prva HNL. As a regular starter, Modrić helped the club defend its title for the next two seasons.
- Modrić also helped Dinamo Zagreb win the Croatian Cup for two consecutive years.
- In 2008, Modrić transferred to the English club Tottenham Hotspur. His debut season was not ideal as he suffered from an injury. Despite this, he soon proved to be a competent goal scorer.
- He received praise for his performance during the 2010–11 season as he provided his club with assists and goals. He was later declared the Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year.
- Modrić was a transfer target of English clubs in 2011, but Tottenham was unwilling to let him go. He later moved to the Spanish club Real Madrid in August 2012.
- Shortly after Modrić joined the club, Real Madrid won the Supercopa de España.
- Modrić struggled to land a starting position because of Madrid’s already dominant midfield. Under the new manager Carlo Ancelotti, Modrić became a regular starter at Madrid.
- He helped the club win the 2013–14 Copa del Rey and Champions League. He was named in the UEFA Champions League Team of the Season.
- Real Madrid won the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup and 2017–18 UEFA Champions League.
- Luka won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award, The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, and the Ballon d’Or.
- Modrić made goals and assists that won Madrid the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup final.
- During the 2019-20 season, Madrid won the La Liga and Supercopa de España.
- In 2001, Modrić debuted for Croatia’s under-15 team. He would gradually progress through the under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 teams.
- He debuted for the country’s senior team in 2006.
- Luka participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
- He helped Croatia qualify for the Euro 2008. For his performance, he was named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament.
- Despite Modrić’s commendable goals, Croatia failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
- Modrić was praised by the press for his performance at the Euro 2012, though his country failed to advance.
- Modrić participated in the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.
- At the 2018 World Cup, Croatia was expected to be one of the best teams. Modrić gained praise from the press for showing his playmaking ability.
- Though Croatia was defeated by France in the final, Luka was declared the best player in the tournament. He won the Golden Ball and was named in the Team of the Tournament.
- He was named the captain of Croatia’s Euro 2020 squad.
Outside of Football
- Modrić married Vanja Bosnić in May 2010.
- They have a son, Ivano, born in 2010. Their daughter, Ema, was born in April 2013. Their second daughter Sofia was born in 2017.
- Other than Croatian, Modrić speaks English and Spanish.
- He is Roman Catholic.
- In 2019, he released an autobiography called Moja Igra (My Game).
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