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Luka Modrić
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Modrić in 2021
Personal information
Full name Luka Modrić[1]
Date of birth (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 37)[2]
Place of birth Zadar, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 10
Youth career
1996–2000 Zadar
2000–2003 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Dinamo Zagreb 94 (26)
2003–2004Zrinjski Mostar (loan) 25 (8)
2004–2005Inter Zaprešić (loan) 18 (4)
2008–2012 Tottenham Hotspur 127 (13)
2012– Real Madrid 307 (25)
International career
2001 Croatia U15 2 (0)
2001 Croatia U17 2 (0)
2003 Croatia U18 7 (0)
2003–2004 Croatia U19 11 (1)
2004–2005 Croatia U21 15 (2)
2006– Croatia 159 (23)
Men's football
Representing  Croatia
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 2018

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*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:28, 10 November 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 17:48, 5 December 2022 (UTC)

Luka Modrić (Croatian pronunciation: [lûːka mǒːdritɕ];[4][5] born 9 September 1985) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for La Liga club Real Madrid and captains the Croatia national team. He plays mainly as a central midfielder, but can also play as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation,[6] and as the greatest Croatian footballer ever.[7]

Born in Zadar,[8] Modrić's childhood coincided with the Croatian War of Independence which displaced his family.[9] In 2002, he was signed by Dinamo Zagreb at age 16, after showing promise with his hometown club NK Zadar'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, being named the Prva HNL Player of the Year in 2007. In 2008, he moved to Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur for a club-record 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.

In the summer of 2012, Modrić joined Real Madrid for a £30 million transfer fee. There he became a key contributor and helped the team win La Décima and was selected for the 2013–14 Champions League squad of the season. After Zinedine Zidane took over Madrid, Modrić was critical to three consecutive Champions League titles from 2015–16 to 2017–18, each time being voted into the squad of the season. He has won twenty-one major trophies at Real Madrid, including five UEFA Champions League titles, three La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and four FIFA Club World Cup titles. He won the La Liga Award for "Best Midfielder" in 2016 for the second time, and the UEFA Club Football Award for "Best Midfielder" in 2017 and 2018. In 2015, he became the first Croatian player to be included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI, in which he was regularly included until 2019, as well in the UEFA Team of the Year between 2016 and 2018. In 2018, Modrić became the first Croatian player to win the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award, and by winning The Best FIFA Men's Player and Ballon d'Or awards, he became the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the awards in more than a decade. In 2019, he was awarded the Golden Foot award for career results and personality.

Modrić made his international debut for Croatia against Argentina in March 2006, and scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Italy. Modrić has anchored Croatia's "second Golden Generation", participating in every major tournament Croatia has qualified for, including the UEFA European Championship in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020, as well as the FIFA World Cup in 2006, 2014, 2018, and 2022. At Euro 2008, he was selected for the Team of the Tournament, becoming only the second Croatian to ever achieve this honour. Following group stage eliminations in his first two World Cups, Modrić led Croatia to the 2018 World Cup Final, and he received the Golden Ball award for best player of the tournament. In March 2021, he went on to become the country's most capped player in history. Furthermore, he has been named Croatian Footballer of the Year a record ten times between 2007 and 2021.[10]

Early life[edit]

Modrić was born in Zadar, Croatia where he began his youth career at NK Zadar.

Luka Modrić was born on 9 September 1985 and was raised in the hamlet of Modrići, which is a part of Zaton Obrovački,[11][12] a village situated on the southern slopes of the mountain Velebit, north of the city of Zadar in SR Croatia, then a republic within SFR Yugoslavia.[13][14][15] He is the oldest child of Stipe Modrić from Modrići and Radojka Dopuđ from Kruševo near Obrovac, both of whom initially worked in a knitwear factory.[16][17][18][19] Modrić mostly spent his early years in the stone house of his paternal grandfather after whom he was named,[11][20] located on the road above the hamlet of Modrići,[21][22][23] and was shepherding goats as a five-year-old.[24][25][26]

However, his childhood coincided with the Croatian War of Independence—in 1991, when the war escalated, his family were forced to flee the area.[13] Modrić's grandfather Luka was executed by Serb rebels who were part of the police of SAO Krajina in December 1991 near his house in Modrići,[13][15][27][28] and after the family fled, the house was burned to the ground.[29][30] Modrić became a refugee and lived with his family in the Hotel Kolovare for seven years; he later moved to the Hotel Iž, both in Zadar.[13][31][32] His father joined the Croatian Army as an aeromechanic.[13][33] In those years, thousands of bombs fell on the city and football was a way to escape the reality of war.[15] He recalls it as a tough time for his family and something which shaped him as a person.[34][35][36] He also said he was mostly unaware of the war because he befriended many other children and their parents did not let it affect their childhood.[18]

In these difficult circumstances, Modrić began playing football, mostly at the hotel parking lot.[15] In 1992, he simultaneously entered the primary school and a sporting academy, the latter paid for with the little money the family had, sometimes helped by Modrić's uncle.[13][31][18] As a boy he was inspired to play football by Zvonimir Boban and Francesco Totti.[37]

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Supported by his family, he participated in representative camps and trained in NK Zadar.[13][18] He was under tutelage of coach Domagoj Bašić and the head of the youth academy, Tomislav Bašić.[13] Tomislav Bašić, considered by Modrić as his "sporting father",[28][32] said Modrić's father made him wooden shin guards because they had little money.[13][34][36] However, Modrić later denied the story.[15] Due to being considered too young and light, he was not signed by Croatian powerhouse Hajduk Split, the most representative football club in the region of Dalmatia.[13][18][38] After displaying some talent, including at youth tournament in Italy,[28] Tomislav Bašić arranged Modrić's move to Dinamo Zagreb when Modrić was a 16-year-old in late 2001.[13][15][39] After a season with Dinamo Zagreb's youth side, Modrić was loaned in 2003 to Zrinjski Mostar in the Bosnian Premier League.[13][28] During this period, he established his versatile style of play and became the Bosnian Premier League Player of the Year at only the age of 18.[40] Modrić later said, "Someone who can play in the Bosnian Premier League can play anywhere," referring to its physical nature.[40] The following year, he was loaned to Croatian side Inter Zaprešić. He spent one season there, helping the team to achieve second position in the Prva HNL[28][41] and a place in the preliminary round of the UEFA Cup. He also won the Croatian Football Hope of the Year award in 2004.[40] He returned to Dinamo Zagreb in 2005.[40]

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

In the 2005–06 season, Modrić signed a ten-year contract (his first long-term contract) with Dinamo Zagreb.[40] With the contract's earnings, he bought a flat in Zadar for his family.[15][28] He secured a place in Dinamo's first team, contributing 7 goals in 31 matches to help win the league.[42] In the 2006–07 season, Dinamo again won the league, with Modrić making a similar contribution.[42] He was the main provider for striker Eduardo,[40] which helped Modrić win the Prva HNL Player of the Year award.[3] The following season, Modrić as a team captain,[43] led Dinamo's attempt to qualify for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. In the final play-off stage, Modrić converted a penalty in the second and away fixture against Ajax; the match finished 1–1 after regular time. Dinamo won the match and play-off with a score of 3–2 after extra time with two goals from teammate Mario Mandžukić.[44] However, Dinamo Zagreb failed to advance beyond the group stage. In his last home match with the club at Maksimir Stadium, Modrić was given a standing ovation and fans held up supportive banners.[45][46] He finished his four-year tenure at Dinamo with a tally of over 31 goals and 29 assists in four league seasons,[28][47] contributing most notably in the 2007–08 season when Dinamo won the second Croatian Cup and became champions by a 28-point margin.[48] Modrić was courted by Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea, but opted to wait leaving the club.[28][49][50]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

2008–10: Struggle and success in England[edit]

Modrić (far left, No. 14), preparing for a match kick-off for Tottenham against Arsenal in November 2010.

Modrić agreed to transfer terms with Tottenham Hotspur on 26 April 2008. He was the first of many summer signings for manager Juande Ramos, and was also the Premier League's first summer transfer.[51] Club chairman Daniel Levy promptly flew to Zagreb when Manchester City and Newcastle United became interested,[52][53] and after signing a six-year contract, Tottenham confirmed the transfer fee paid was £16.5 million, equalling the club's record fee set by Darren Bent's move in 2007.[54] He got number 14 jersey, later recalling that he wore it in honour of Johan Cruyff.[55] Modrić made his competitive Premier League debut on 16 August in a 2–1 defeat to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in Spurs' first match of the 2008–09 season.[56]

Modrić had a slow start at Tottenham. He suffered from a knee injury early in his tenure and was labelled as a light-weight for the Premier League by sections of the media,[39][35] as well as Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.[57] Reflecting on that, Modrić said that such "critics push you forward to show people they are wrong. Maybe I look lightweight but I am a really strong person mentally and physically, and I never had any problems with my size".[39] This coincided with his poor form, leading to concerns both for himself and Croatia national team head coach Slaven Bilić.[57] Modrić spent his early days at a position of number 10, before being shifted to the left wing to play alongside Wilson Palacios.[57] Spurs teammate Tom Huddlestone later said, "[H]is versatility was probably a blessing and a curse, he was that good that he had to play out of position for a bit."[57]

After the appointment of manager Harry Redknapp, Modrić was given a more familiar role as a central or left-sided midfielder, allowing him to have more influence on the team and use his footballing talent more productively, for example in a 4–4 draw with arch-rivals Arsenal on 29 October.[58] Redknapp recognised Modrić's value to his side and planned to shape his new team around the Croatian playmaker.[59] He scored his first competitive goal at Tottenham in a 2–2 draw against Spartak Moscow during the UEFA Cup group stages on 18 December 2008.[60] He scored his first Premier League goals against Newcastle United in an away defeat on 21 December, a home win in the third round of the FA Cup against Wigan Athletic on 2 January 2009, and in an away defeat against Manchester United on 25 April 2009.[61] Using Modrić in his former position from his Dinamo days made him more effective with performances against Stoke City,[62] Hull City,[63] and most notably on 21 March when he scored the only goal in a win against Chelsea.[64]

Before the 2009–10 season, Redknapp said of Modrić, "[He's] a hell of a player and a manager's dream, so I am told. He trains like a demon and never complains, will work with and without the ball on the field and can beat a defender with a trick or with a pass. He could get into any team in the top four".[65] On 29 August 2009, during Tottenham's 2–1 win over Birmingham City, Modrić was taken off injured with a suspected calf injury.[66] The following day, it was confirmed Modrić had sustained a fracture to his right fibula and was expected to be out for six weeks.[67] He returned on 28 December in the London derby against West Ham United, which Spurs won 2–0 with an 11th-minute goal scored by Modrić using the leg he had broken.[68] He again scored in a home win against Everton on 28 February 2010,[69] and in an away defeat against Burnley on 9 May.[70] On 30 May 2010, Modrić signed a new six-year contract that ran until 2016. Upon signing, he said, "Tottenham Hotspur gave me my chance in the Premier League and I want to go on to achieve great success here with them. Yes, there have been enquiries from other big clubs, but I have no interest in going anywhere. Last season's top-four finish was an indication of where we are as a club and I feel I can continue to improve and go on to achieve everything I want to at Spurs."[71]

2010–12: Final seasons in England[edit]

Modrić playing against Arsenal in November 2010.

On 11 September 2010, Modrić scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season in a 1–1 away draw at West Bromwich Albion.[72] On 28 November, in a home match against Liverpool, Modrić scored a goal that was later credited as an own goal by Martin Škrtel. After a draw against Manchester United at White Hart Lane in January 2011, Redknapp praised Modrić, saying, "He was unbelievable. Magnificent. He's an amazing footballer, the little man takes the ball in the tightest areas with people around him, wriggling out of situations. He could play in any team in the world."[73] Modrić also scored in Tottenham's 3–2 victory over Stoke City on 9 April,[74] and converted a penalty at Anfield on 15 May in a 2–0 victory over Liverpool.[75] Modrić helped Tottenham reach their first involvement in the UEFA Champions League. In the first match, against Inter Milan at the San Siro on 20 October, he exited the match early due to injury; Spurs lost 4–3, despite the tremendous efforts of Gareth Bale.[76] On the return match at home, on 2 November, Modrić was given too much space to move and dictate the tempo of the match. He created and assisted for the first goal by Rafael van der Vaart in a 3–1 victory.[77][78] In the next match, against Werder Bremen, Modrić scored the second goal.[79] After a scoreless draw against Milan,[80] Spurs were eliminated from the competition in the quarter-finals by Real Madrid.[81]

Modrić played 32 Premier League matches in the 2010–11 season, scoring three goals, recording two assists and making the highest average number of passes per match for Spurs with 62.5 and an accuracy rate of 87.4%.[82] At the end of the season, Modrić was voted the Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year. Then-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he would have chosen Modrić as his Player of the Year for that season.[83]

"I spent four great years there with a lot of emotions, with a lot of love from the club and the fans. I enjoyed every moment with Tottenham. But in one moment you feel you need to take a step forward, to go to a higher level. I think it was the right time for me to go, but I will always be thankful to Tottenham for everything they did for me. I became a better player there and they pushed me to this level where I am at the moment."

—Luka Modrić reflecting on negotiations with Chelsea and move to Real Madrid in February 2014.[39]

In mid-2011, Modrić was heavily pursued by Tottenham's London rivals Chelsea, who made a first bid of £22 million, which they increased to £27 million, both of which were rejected by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.[84][85] After the failed bids, Modrić announced he would welcome a move across London and that he had a "gentleman's agreement" with Levy the club would entertain offers from a "big club".[86] Speculation continued throughout the summer transfer window, culminating in Modrić refusing to play in Tottenham's opening match of the 2011–12 season against Manchester United, which ended in a 3–0 loss.[87] Modrić said his "head was not in the right place" as he continued to force a move to Chelsea.[88] On the final day of the transfer window, Chelsea made an offer of £40 million that was again rejected.[89]

After failing to secure a transfer, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp told Modrić to focus on his playing and named him as a starter.[90] On 18 September, he scored his first goal of the season for Tottenham with a shot from 25 yd (23 m) in a 4–0 home win against Liverpool.[91] On 14 January 2012, Modrić scored the only goal in a home draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.[92] On 31 January in a 3–1 win against Wigan Athletic, he assisted for the first goal with a crossfield pass and scored the second from 20 yd (18 m).[93] For the third time that season, he was included in "Team of the Week".[94] Modrić scored his last goal for Tottenham on 2 May in a 1–4 away win against Bolton Wanderers with a powerful volley from 25 yd (23 m).[95]

Real Madrid[edit]

2012–13: Becoming a starting eleven player in Real Madrid[edit]

Modrić playing against Sevilla in February 2013.

On 27 August 2012, Real Madrid announced they had agreed on a deal with Tottenham for an approximate £30 million transfer fee.[96] Modrić signed a five-year contract with the Spanish club.[96][97] Two days later, he made his Real Madrid debut against Barcelona in the second leg final of the 2012 Supercopa de España at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, replacing Mesut Özil in the 83rd minute. Madrid won the match, giving Modrić his first trophy with the club 36 hours after his signing was announced.[98] Despite his positive debut, Modrić at first struggled to settle into the team under manager José Mourinho because of his lack of pre-season training, which he missed as a result of his ongoing transfer negotiations.[39] The presence of veteran midfielder Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira in defensive midfield, and Özil in offensive midfield, usually kept Modrić out of the starting line-up, limiting him to substitute appearances. He mostly played out-of-position for his first few months at the club. He played his first UEFA Champions League match for Real Madrid in the group stage against Manchester City on 18 September, which Madrid won 3–2. On 3 November, Modrić scored his first goal for Real Madrid in the last minute of their 4–0 victory over Real Zaragoza in La Liga.[99] On 17 November, Modrić assisted a Karim Benzema goal, which was eventually ruled an own goal by Jon Aurtenetxe, with a 50 m (55 yd) cross-field pass. It was the first goal in a 5–1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.[100] His most notable match that year was on 4 December, when he assisted for the first two goals of Cristiano Ronaldo and José Callejón with cross-field passes in a 4–1 victory over Ajax in the group stage of the Champions League.[101][102][103] At the end of the year he was voted as the worst signing of the season by Spanish newspaper Marca.[104]

Modrić started in Real Madrid's home match against rivals Barcelona on 2 March 2013. From a corner kick, he assisted Sergio Ramos to score the winning goal in the 82nd minute, giving Real a victory in El Clásico. On 5 March, Modrić came on as a second-half substitute during the decisive Champions League knockout leg against ten-man Manchester United at Old Trafford. With Madrid behind by a goal, Modrić equalised with a long-range shot from 25 yd (23 m) out and played a key role in the rest of the match, which Real Madrid won 2–1, advancing them to the quarter-finals 3–2 on aggregate.[105][106][107] This match is often seen as the turning point in Modrić's career in Real Madrid.[39] On 16 March, he replicated this performance against Mallorca, giving Real Madrid the lead with a long-range volley from 30 yd (27 m); Real Madrid won the match 5–2.[108] Modrić played as a starter in both Champions League semi-final matches against Borussia Dortmund. In the first leg on 24 April, he played in the attacking midfield position where he did not influence the match and the team lost 4–1. On 30 April, in the second leg 2–0 victory, Modrić played as the deep-lying playmaker, making passes to the attackers and creating several chances; he was among the best-rated players that night.[109][110][111] From March 2013, Modrić's form and influence in the midfield continued to improve, distinguishing himself as a player with most passes completed in his team. On 8 May, he assisted from the corner for the first goal and scored the fourth goal in a 6–2 victory over Málaga.[112]

2013–15: Best midfielder in Spain and La Décima[edit]

"He's the head of midfield in a complicated environment. Every day in Madrid pressure is coming at you from all sides. Modrić not only withstands the pressure but has grown among it to be Madrid's best player, with [Cristiano] Ronaldo."

Predrag Mijatović praises Modrić's rising performance and significance for the team in January 2014.[113]

With the arrival of new manager Carlo Ancelotti, Modrić became one of the most frequent starters in the team, being partnered in midfield with Xabi Alonso to provide a balance of defence and attack.[114][115] He was consistently the team's most efficient passer, averaging 90% accuracy in La Liga, and also having the most ball recoveries among the squad.[39][57][114] He scored his first goal of the 2013–14 season in the last Champions League group match against Copenhagen, making it his fifth goal for the club, all five of which were scored from the outside the penalty area.[116] Modrić scored his first goal of the Liga season in a 3–0 away win against Getafe, his sixth goal outside the penalty area.[117] Modrić was on the pitch when Real Madrid won the 2013–14 Copa del Rey after defeating Barcelona 2–1 in the final.[118]

In the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, Modrić intercepted the ball and assisted Cristiano Ronaldo for the third goal in Real Madrid's 3–0 home victory against Borussia Dortmund. The goal was ultimately decisive because Real went on to lose 2–0 in the second leg, but progressed with a marginal aggregate score of 3–2. In his 100th appearance for the club,[119] Modrić assisted for the first goal in the second leg 4–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final, helping Real Madrid reach the final for the first time in 12 years.[120] He was included in UEFA's Team of the Week for both legs of the semi-final.[121][122] On 24 May in the final, Modrić again assisted from a corner for teammate Sergio Ramos, who scored a 93rd-minute equaliser against local rivals Atlético Madrid. Real won 4–1 in extra time, marking the club's tenth Champions League title, locally known as la Décima ("the tenth").[123] He was included in the UEFA Champions League Team of the Season[124] and received the LFP award for the "Best Midfielder" of the Spanish first league of that season.[125]

In August 2014, Modrić signed a new contract to stay at Real Madrid until 2018.[126] With the departure of Alonso he was partnered with newly arrived Toni Kroos.[127] Real Madrid began the 2014–15 season by winning the UEFA Super Cup over Sevilla[128] Modrić assisted twice for Bale, first against Real Sociedad in La Liga,[129] and second against Basel in the Champions League.[130][131] In the 2–0 away win against Villarreal, Modrić scored his seventh goal from outside of the box.[132]

In late November, Modrić sustained a thigh injury during an international match against Italy, because of which he did not play for three months.[133] He returned in early March 2015, starting in seven matches and proving his form.[134] On 21 April, in the 3–1 home win against Málaga, he strained ligaments in his right knee, because of which he did not play until May.[135][136][137] With his injury, Real Madrid's 22-match winning run in the season came to an end. His absence and the lack of a quality substitute were seen as the main cause of Real Madrid's failure to win matches in La Liga and the Champions League.[138] Ancelotti said, "Modrić has missed most of the year and this has hurt us".[139] Modrić's influence was recognised and he was selected by professional players in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.[140]

2015–17: Among best world players and La Undécima and Duodécima[edit]

Modrić playing against Shakhtar Donetsk during their group stage match in the UEFA Champions League in November 2015.

For the 2015–16 season, Carlo Ancelotti was replaced by Rafael Benítez under whom Modrić continued to be a key midfield player.[141][142] Modrić began the season assisting in September, November and December, and scoring in the 3–4 away win against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League group stage.[143] He sustained a muscular groin injury during an international match against Bulgaria in October, initially suggesting an absence of two-to-three weeks.[144] However, by 20 October, he had recovered in time for the match against Paris Saint-Germain.[145]

With the arrival of new manager Zinedine Zidane in January 2016,[146] the relationship between them was noted in the media, with Modrić described as "master of the game",[141][147] and the crucial "connector" of the defence and attack.[148] It was seen in the first three matches, wins against Deportivo de La Coruña and Sporting de Gijón and a draw against Real Betis, in which Modrić was praised for creating chances, his positioning and overall performance and influence.[141][148][149] On 7 February, Modrić scored a winning goal from outside the box in a 1–2 away win against Granada.[150] Modrić was a regular in the starting line-up when the team won the 2015–16 Champions League in the final against Atlético Madrid.[151] He was included in both Champions League,[152] and La Liga's team of the season.[153] For the second time, he also received the LFP award for the "Best Midfielder" of the Spanish first league.[154] He was for the second time included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.[155]

On 18 October 2016, Modrić signed a new contract with Real Madrid, keeping him at the club until 2020.[156] Due to injury of a left knee sustained in mid-September, he missed eight matches, returning early November.[157] On 18 December, he won the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup with Real Madrid, receiving the Silver Ball for his performances during the tournament.[158] In January 2017, for the first time was included in the UEFA Team of the Year (2016).[159] On 12 March 2017, in a 2–1 win over Real Betis, Modrić played his 200th match for Real Madrid.[160]

Modrić was a regular starter when Real Madrid won the 2016–17 La Liga,[161][162] as well as the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, where he provided the assist for Cristiano Ronaldo's second goal in the final against Juventus.[163] Modrić was included in Champions League team of the season[164] and became the first Croatian to win the Champions League three times.[165] He also received the UEFA Club Football award for Best Midfielder of the Champions League season.[166] In the competition for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award, he came fourth,[167] while for 2017 Ballon d'Or, fifth.[168] For the third time, he was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.[169]

2017–18: Ballon d'Or and third consecutive Champions League title[edit]

Modrić (left) with Gareth Bale during the 2018 Champions League Final.

With the departure of James Rodríguez to Bayern Munich, Modrić inherited the team's coveted number 10 jersey for the new 2017–18 season, replacing his previous number 19 jersey.[170] In December, he won the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup with Real Madrid and received the Golden Ball award as the best player of the competition for his performance.[171] His first goal of the season came in a 7–1 win over Deportivo de La Coruña on 21 January 2018.[172] In the same month was for the second time included in the UEFA Team of the Year (2017).[173] Modrić was a regular starter when Real Madrid won the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, starting in the final victory against Liverpool which saw Madrid win their third consecutive title.[174] For his performances throughout the campaign, Modrić was included in Champions League team of the season for the third consecutive time.[175] He later received the UEFA Club Football Award for Best Midfielder of the Champions League season for the second consecutive time.[176]

Due to his club, and national team performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where also received the Golden Ball,[177] in August and September Modrić won the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award and The Best FIFA Men's Player Award,[178][179] while in December, he added the Ballon d'Or to his personal tally,[180] marking the first time since 2007 that the award was not won by Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, which polarized the people involved in the sport into two camps about the credibility of the award.[180][181][182] Furthermore, besides becoming the first Croatian player to win these awards,[183] Modrić was the first player to win both the World Cup Golden Ball and the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award in the same year since Ronaldo in 1998,[184] and the World Cup Golden Ball and the Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year Award after Romário in 1994.[185] Additionally, he is the first player to win the awards from the former Yugoslavia territory, the first footballer from Eastern Europe to win a Ballon d'Or after Andriy Shevchenko in 2004,[186][187] and the tenth player from Real Madrid to capture the trophy.[188] Furthermore, winning the trophy triggered a clause in his contract, ensuring his stay at the club until 2021.[189] He was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for the fourth time,[190] and won the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker award.[191]

After receiving the FIFA Men's Player of the Year Award, Modrić stated it "shows that we all can become the best with hard work, dedication, and belief, all dreams can come true".[192] Modrić dedicated the Ballon d'Or to "all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't" in the past decade, including Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, and Wesley Sneijder among others.[180]

2018–21: Second time champion of Spain and Golden Foot[edit]

The arrival of new manager Julen Lopetegui in August 2018 saw Modrić given a steady return to the first team as a substitute due to his lack of pre-season training after the 2018 World Cup.[193][194] This included a substitute appearance in his team's 2–4 loss after extra time against Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.[195] His first start of the season came on 1 September in a 4–1 home win against Leganés, in which he assisted his side's third goal, scored by Karim Benzema.[196] His 100th appearance in the UEFA club competition came on 19 September in a 3–0 home win against Roma,[24] in which he assisted the second goal, scored by Gareth Bale.[197] On 22 December, Modrić won his third FIFA Club World Cup, scoring the first goal and assisting for the third in the final against Al Ain.[198] On 13 and 19 January 2019, Modrić for the first time scored in two consecutive league games for Real Madrid, in a 1–2 away win against Real Betis and 2–0 home win against Sevilla.[199][200] In the same month was included in the UEFA Team of the Year (2018) for the third time in his career.[201] From 27 February to 5 March, Modrić went through what he described as "the most difficult week of his football life,"[202] with Real Madrid losing to Barcelona twice and Ajax and crashing out of Copa del Rey, title race and the Champions League, respectively.[203][204][205] Despite having had an underwhelming season,[206] for the fifth consecutive time he was included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.[207]

On 27 August 2019 was the seventh anniversary of Modrić's signing with the club.[208] Although raising doubts due to age of 34 and decision to continue playing with the national team which makes him prone to injuries,[209] Modrić stated that wants to "recapture his best form this season".[206] On 1 September and 9 November made his first assists in a 2–2 away draw against Villarreal and in a 0–4 away victory against Eibar,[210][211] while first goal on 5 October in a 4–2 home victory against Granada.[212] On 12 November was awarded with a Golden Foot award.[213] On 23 November he made two assists and scored a goal in a 3–1 home victory against Real Sociedad.[214] On 8 January 2020, Modrić with trivela scored his fifth goal of the season and 100th career goal in a 3–1 victory against Valencia in the semi-finals of 2019–20 Supercopa de España.[215] On 12 January he successfully converted a penalty in a shootout as Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid 4–1 on penalties in the final.[216] Following the continuation of La Liga after a three month suspension due to COVID-19 pandemic, Modrić was praised for being one of Real Madrid's best players despite his age, resulting in numerous media outlets wondering about prolongation of his contract with the club.[217] On 16 July, he assisted Benzema's opening goal in a 2–1 victory over Villarreal, as Real Madrid secured the league title.[218][219]

On 21 October 2020, he scored his first goal of the 2020–21 season in a Champions League 3–2 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.[220] The goal made him the fourth player in the history of the club to score in the competition aged 35 or more, alongside Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás and Francisco Gento.[221] It was named the Goal of the Week by UEFA.[222] Three days later, he came off the bench to score with trivela his first ever Clásico goal, as Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 3–1.[223][224] On 25 May 2021, he extended his contract with Real Madrid until 2022.[225][226]

2021–22: 10th season with Real Madrid, third Spanish and fifth Champions League title[edit]

On 24 October 2021 of 2021–22 season, Modrić played his 400th game for Real Madrid in a 2–1 Clásico victory.[227] On 30 October, Modrić captained Real Madrid for the first time and assisted for the winning goal, after Marcelo had given him the armband upon being substituted off in the 2–1 victory over Elche.[228][229] On 7 December 2021, he played his 100th Champions League game and was named Man of the Match in a 2–0 victory over Inter Milan.[230] On 16 January 2022, he scored the first goal in the 2022 Supercopa de España Final and was named Man of the Match, as Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 2–0.[231] The goal made him the oldest goalscorer in the history of the competition.[232] On 5 March, Modrić assisted and scored from outside of the box in a 4–1 victory over Real Socidedad.[233] Four days later, he assisted for Benzema's second goal in 3–1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in round of 16 of 2021–22 UEFA Champions League.[234] On 6 and 12 April, Modrić assisted in both legs of Champions League quarter-finals 5–4 aggregate victory against Chelsea. Praised for attacking and defensive performances in both games,[235][236][237] because of a long-range trivela assist for Rodrygo in the crucial moment of the second leg was named Man of the Match as well as voted Player of the Week by UEFA.[238][239] He was a regular starter on 30 April when Real Madrid won their 35th and his 3rd Spanish title,[240] on 4 May when Real Madrid won in extra time in the second leg against Manchester City, and on 28 May when he won his 5th title in the final of Champions League.[241][242] For the sixth time in his career, he was included in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season.[243] On 8 June 2022, he renewed his contract until 2023.[244]

On 20 August 2022, Modrić made his first goal and assist of the season in 4–1 away victory over Celta Vigo.[245] On 6 September he scored in his first Champions League game of the season in a 3–0 home victory against Celtic, becoming the eighth Real Madrid player with 100 appearances in the competition.[246][247] On 11 September, he became the third Real Madrid player after Puskás and Francisco Buyo to play 100 games while over 35 years of age.[248][249]

International career[edit]

Modrić at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He is said to anchor Croatia's second Golden Generation.

Modrić began his international career at youth level, playing for the Croatian under-15, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 teams.[40] He debuted in March 2001 for the under-15 team coached by Martin Novoselac, but nevertheless his talent and psychological maturity, he did not become a regular starter and leading player until physically strengthened and debuted for under-18. Novoselac considers him as a model for all young players because is a result of a gradual and continuous work and effort, as well as talent.[250] Modrić made his full international debut for Croatia on 1 March 2006 in a friendly match against Argentina in Basel, which Croatia won 3–2.[40]

2006–08: 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008[edit]

Modrić made two appearances at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals as a substitute in the group fixtures against Japan[251] and Australia.[252] With the appointment of new manager Slaven Bilić, Modrić earned greater recognition at international level; he scored his first goal in Croatia's 2–0 friendly win over world champions Italy on 16 August 2006 in Livorno.[253]

Modrić's performances ensured a regular place in the international side and he gave a successful showing in Croatia's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, which included home and away victories against England.[254][255] As a young midfielder, much was expected of Modrić; he was often dubbed "the Croatian Cruyff".[50][256] Modrić scored Croatia's first goal of Euro 2008, converting a penalty in the fourth minute of their 1–0 victory against hosts Austria on 8 June 2008 and becoming the team's youngest ever goalscorer at the European Championships (aged 22 years and 273 days).[257][258] It was also the fastest penalty ever awarded and scored in the European Championships history.[259] He continued to impress at the tournament and was named UEFA Man of the Match in Croatia's next match when they defeated one of the pre-tournament favourites and eventual finalists Germany.[260] In the quarter-final against Turkey, Modrić took advantage of a mistake by veteran Turkish goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber, and crossed to teammate Ivan Klasnić for the first goal of the match with one minute of extra time remaining, but Semih Şentürk almost immediately equalised for Turkey. In the ensuing penalty shootout, Modrić's kick was off-target and he failed to score the first penalty and Turkey won the shootout 3–1.[261] At the end of the competition, Modrić was included in the UEFA Team of the Tournament, becoming only the second Croatian to achieve this honour after Davor Šuker.[262]

2008–16: Subsequent struggles[edit]

In the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Modrić scored three goals, against Kazakhstan,[263] Andorra,[264] and Ukraine;[265] matching Ivica Olić, Ivan Rakitić and Eduardo. The team failed to qualify finishing one point behind second-placed Ukraine. After appearing in all of their UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches and scoring a goal against Israel,[266] Modrić started in all three of Croatia group stage matches against the Republic of Ireland, Italy and Spain, but the team failed to progress. His most notable performance was against Spain. The most memorable moment of the match came when Modrić picked the ball on the halfway line skipping Spain's midfield trio, rushing down on the right to reach the penalty area where he evaded a defender and with a trivela crossed from 18 yd (16 m) to Ivan Rakitić, but Iker Casillas saved this attempt.[267][268] Because Croatia did not advance from the group stage, Modrić was not included in the Team of the Tournament, although The Daily Telegraph included him in the best 11 until the semi-finals,[269] and his play was well received by critics.[270][271]

Modrić playing against Neymar of Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

After the playoffs, Modrić with the Croatian team qualified for the 2014 World Cup. They entered Group A with hosts Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon. Croatia played the opening match against Brazil, which they lost 3–1,[272] and Modrić sustained a minor foot injury.[273][274] In the second match, Croatia won 4–0 against Cameroon,[275] but did not progress to the knockout stage after losing 3–1 to Mexico,[276] despite the great expectations from the Croatian press and public.[277]

In the Euro 2016 qualifying rounds, Modrić scored his first goals for Croatia in three years, the first against Malta on his 29th birthday with a long-range shot,[278] then a penalty against Azerbaijan.[279] On 3 March 2015, Modrić captained Croatia for the first time, in an away draw against Azerbaijan.[280] In the tournament proper, Modrić scored the match-winning goal in Croatia's opening group stage match against Turkey, a volley from 25 metres (28 yards).[281] In so doing, he became the first Croatian to score at the finals of two separate European Championships, having previously scored against Austria in 2008.[282] He was named Man of the Match.[281] Modrić was forced to miss the crucial fixture against Spain on 21 June because of a minor muscle injury.[283][284] However, Croatia won and topped the group,[285] but lost to Portugal 0–1 in extra-time in the round of 16.[286]

2016–18: Golden Ball of the 2018 World Cup[edit]

Modrić with Croatia during the World Cup.

For Croatia's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, Modrić became the new team captain, following Darijo Srna's retirement.[287] Croatia started the campaign well; however, following 1–0 defeats to Iceland[288] and Turkey[289] and a 1–1 draw with Finland (in which Modrić made his 100th appearance for the national team),[290][291] Croatia seriously compromised their qualification for the tournament.[292][293] This caused Modrić to publicly state his lack of confidence in coach Ante Čačić.[294][295][296] Čačić was soon replaced by Zlatko Dalić ahead of Croatia's final qualifier against Ukraine away,[297] which Croatia won 2–0 and won a place in the play-offs.[298] Modrić scored a penalty in the 4–1 victory over Greece in the second qualifying round,[299] enabling his team to qualify for the World Cup.

Croatia were placed in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria. During the tournament, Modrić—along with Ivan Rakitić and Mario Mandžukić—were referred to as Croatia's second "Golden Generation".[300][301] In Croatia's opening win against Nigeria, Modrić once again successfully executed a penalty kick and was named Man of the Match.[302][303] He also scored in Croatia's subsequent 3–0 win over Argentina with a long-range shot from 25 yards (23 metres),[304] also being named Man of the Match.[305][306] After also featuring in the final group stage match, against Iceland, his performances in the first round of the tournament saw him ranked by FourFourTwo, The Daily Telegraph and ESPN as the best player of the group stage.[307][308][309]

In the round of 16 against Denmark on 1 July, with the score tied at 1–1, Modrić created a goalscoring opportunity for Ante Rebić in the second half of extra-time, who was brought down in the penalty area; Modrić proceeded to take the penalty, but his strike was saved by Kasper Schmeichel. However, Modrić managed to score his spot-kick during the ensuing penalty shoot-out and Croatia advanced to the next round following a 3–2 victory on penalties.[310][311][312] In the quarter-finals against hosts Russia on 7 July, Modrić provided an assist in extra-time for Domagoj Vida from a corner kick, and once again scored in the victorious penalty shoot-out following a 2–2 draw; he was named Man of the Match for the third time in the tournament.[313][314] In the semi-final against England on 11 July, Croatia advanced to the World Cup final for the first time in their history following a 2–1 victory in extra time.[315] It was reported two days before the final match that Modrić ran the most miles out of any player and was third by created chances, as well had most dribbles per match and completed passes in the opponent's half in his team.[316] Although Croatia were beaten 4–2 by France in the final on 15 July,[317] Modrić was awarded the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament,[177] and was included in the Team of the Tournament.[318][319] After the squad's huge welcome in Zagreb,[320] Modrić and his teammates Danijel Subašić, Šime Vrsaljko and Dominik Livaković were welcomed by tens of thousands of people in their hometown of Zadar.[321]

2018–22: Post-World Cup period[edit]

Modrić took part in all four matches in the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League as Croatia finished at the bottom of Group A4 following historical 6–0 away defeat to Spain in September and a 2–1 defeat to England at the Wembley Stadium in November.[322][323]

During the Euro 2020 qualifying rounds, Modrić scored two goals; a penalty in the away 1–1 draw with Azerbaijan and a solo-effort in the home 3–0 victory over Hungary as Croatia topped the group and qualified for the tournament.[324][325] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was postponed for a year.[326] On 24 March 2021, Modrić made his 134th appearance for the national team in a 1–0 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Slovenia, equaling Darijo Srna as the most capped player in the history of the team.[327] Three days later, in a 1–0 World Cup qualifying victory over Cyprus, he surpassed Srna's record.[328][329]

He was selected to the final squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 on 17 May.[330] Despite Croatia's poor showings in their first two group stage games, Modrić was named the Man of the Match in the second one, a 1–1 draw with the Czech Republic on 18 June.[331] Four days later, in the 3–1 victory over Scotland, with a trivela he scored Croatia's second goal and provided Ivan Perišić with an assist for the third goal as Croatia progressed to the round of 16.[332] Modrić's goal made him Croatia's oldest ever goalscorer at the European Championships (aged 35 years and 286 days), while simultaneously holding the record for the youngest goalscorer that he set in 2008.[258]

During the 2022 World Cup qualifying, Modrić scored three times and assisted twice in seven appearances.[333] On 13 June 2022, he scored a penalty in a 1–0 away win over France in the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A, to be Croatia's first ever win against the latter.[334] On 25 September he scored opening goal in the last group's game and 3–1 away victory against Austria,[335] helping the team advance to the 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals.[336] On 24 October 2022, a month before the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Modrić revealed his intention to retire from international football after the tournament.[337]

Player profile[edit]

Style of play[edit]

"Not only is he a very hard worker, he has a good brain and he provided some calmness and composure to the midfield. His passing was neat and his contribution was outstanding. He was not only winning the ball, he was passing well. We thought that he was very influential. He did not just work hard, he made the other people play well around him".

Gérard Houllier, UEFA Technical Team[260]

A diminutive and technically gifted midfielder, Modrić is typically deployed as a creative playmaker and sets the tempo of the match by controlling possession from the middle of the pitch. He has been widely applauded by many footballing pundits, managers, and fellow players for his swift passing and long range shots, both often in the style of the trivela technique, as well as his composure and ability to evade tackles under pressure.[338][339][57][340][341][342] He is also noted for his tactical intelligence and versatility in both attack and defense, as well as his vision, interpretation of space, and work rate. A former attacking midfielder, Modrić is considered a veteran of the "pre-assist" or build-up play, often creating space and time for his teammates to shoot or deliver goal-bound passes to other players.[343][344][345][346] He is also effective at taking set pieces, particularly corners or wide free kicks.[347]

Modrić has been integral to the success of both Real Madrid and the Croatia national team, having won numerous individual honours for his contributions to club and country.[139][348] His playstyle has earned him several nicknames as dubbed by the media and fandom, including “the midfield Maestro”, “the magician”, "the puppet master" among others.[349][343][350][351][352] He has also been compared to an orchestra conductor for his capacity to control his team’s gameplan or dictate the tempo of the match.[353]


Modrić's complex game has brought him consistent success in the clubs for which he has played. Initially a trequartista or attacking midfielder at Dinamo Zagreb and in his early career at Tottenham, in the 2010–11 season he flourished in a central midfield role as a deep-lying playmaker (regista) who conducts the attack and creates chances for teammates.[354] Afterwards, Modrić acknowledged the role that Harry Redknapp played in shaping of deep-lying his style, saying that dropping back enabled him "to read the game better" and show his full "creativity".[355] Although a central midfielder, Modrić is also a hard-working player who has been seen to adopt a defensive midfield role in addition to playmaking, tracking back to win the ball from the opposition and prepare for a counter-attack, making him one of the most versatile players in the world, capable of playing in several midfield positions.[356][357] According to Jonathan Wilson, in a 4–2–3–1 system Modrić is a third type of a holding midfielder, being "neither entirely destructive or creative", but a "carrier" who – courtesy of his dribbling ability and attacking drive – is "capable of making late runs or carrying the ball at his feet", but in his case "with a hint of regista".[358][359][360] As such, his role has also been likened to that of a mezzala, in Italian football jargon, namely an offensive–minded box-to-box or central midfielder.[346]

The switch to a more deep-lying position reduced his number of assists and goals, as well as his shot per game count (1.2), although his game was no longer based on being a goal threat; despite this, he had the second-highest count of key passes per game (2.06) in the team, as well as a very high pass accuracy rate (87%), with the highest passes per game count (62.5) in the team, the most long balls per game (5.6), the most successful dribbles (2.2), interceptions (2.5), and the highest tackle (1.9) count per game among others, high statistics which placed him amongst the top midfielders of the Premier League.[354][361] By the 2011–12 season statistically he was among the top-rated central and all-round midfielders across the top five leagues, alongside players like Xabi Alonso, Andrea Pirlo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Xavi.[362][363]

Upon Modrić's arrival to Real Madrid, his midfield position was described as numbers six (defensive), eight (central) or ten (attacking), depending on the tactics,[364] and his role was described as the second deep-lying pivot alongside Xabi Alonso in the 2012–13 season, a classic deep-lying playmaker whose creativity was needed to dictate his team's play and unlock the opposing defence.[365][366] In the first half of the 2013–14 season, during which he formed an effective central midfield partnership with Alonso and Ángel Di María, Modrić made more tackles (56) than any other Real Madrid player in La Liga with an average number of 2.86 tackles per match, as well as making the most completed passes (878) in the opposition half of the pitch among Real Madrid players, with the highest passing accuracy in La Liga (90%) (also the highest of any midfielder in Europe's top five leagues who have made five or more assists during the season).[39] In the 2014–15 season, with the arrival of Toni Kroos, Real Madrid no longer had an effective and natural ball-winner alongside their playmakers in midfield, while the team possessed many attackers. Therefore, in addition to producing the highest count of passes (60.7–64.7) and key passes per match (0.8–1.2) within the team, both Modrić and Kroos had more defensive responsibility to set the rhythm of the team's gameplay in midfield and orchestrate counterattacks.[127][367] Modrić's average passing accuracy during the season was between 91.6–92%, while his highest completion rate in a single match occurred in October against Barcelona when he completed all 42 attempted passes.[368] For all of 2014, Modrić's dribble attempts (75) at a success rate of 76% were second in Europe's top five leagues.[369] During the 2015–16 season, although he placed only 12th in terms of chances created, almost all players above him were either forwards or attacking midfielders with no defensive responsibilities.[344]


Considered the most versatile and critical member of the national team, Modrić's technical ability has been heralded by both players and coaches.

Modrić is widely regarded as one of the best and most well-rounded and effective midfielders of his generation.[6] According to Jonathan Wilson, what sets Modrić apart from traditional playmakers is his simultaneous focus on defensive and attacking duties.[370][371] Due to his footballing intelligence, skill and fairplay he was compared to Paul Scholes,[372][373] Xavi, Andrés Iniesta,[374] and Andrea Pirlo.[375][376][377] In his youth, he had also been compared to Johan Cruyff,[50][256] while his main influences were compatriot Zvonimir Boban and Italian playmaker Francesco Totti.[37]

He has been consistently praised by some of the sport's most experienced managers, including Johan Cruyff,[378] Alex Ferguson,[372] Pep Guardiola,[379] and Sven-Göran Eriksson among others.[380] From those who managed him, José Mourinho said he wanted Modrić in Real Madrid because of his influence on the game, tactical level and because he has "that artistic sense".[364] Carlo Ancelotti praised Modrić's technique and versatility making him "one of the best midfielders in the world right now, because he can play in more than one position".[381][382] Zinedine Zidane included him in his best XI currently playing the game,[383] and in 2016 predicted that Modrić would win Ballon d'Or.[55] Slaven Bilić said Modrić "is a player who makes others better, they all benefit from him being in the team. He's not selfish, he's playing for the team ... he's a complete player; good in defence, good in offence—it looks like he was born with the ball at his feet".[57]

Modrić is unanimously considered the greatest Croatian footballer of all time by his fellow countrymen, including people like Robert Prosinečki and Davor Šuker.[52][384][385][386] Predrag Mijatović considered him as the best footballer in the history of the Balkans,[387] while Andrés Iniesta, Andriy Shevchenko, Rio Ferdinand, Jan Oblak, and others called him one of the greatest midfielders to ever play.[388][389][390][391]

Personal life[edit]

Modrić married Vanja Bosnić in May 2010 in the Croatian capital Zagreb in a private ceremony after four years of dating,[392] and a year later in church.[393] Their son, Ivano, was born on 6 June 2010.[394][395] Their daughter, Ema, was born on 25 April 2013.[395][396] Their second daughter, Sofia, was born on 2 October 2017.[397] Modrić generally maintains a low profile outside of football.[39][398]

Modrić is a cousin of Australian footballer Mark Viduka,[399] and the godfather of Mateo Kovačić's son Ivan.[400]

In late 2019, Modrić released his autobiography Moja igra (My Game), co-written by prominent Croatian sports journalist Robert Matteoni.[401][402]

Produced by Fulwell 73, FIFA released Captains in 2022, an eight-part sports docuseries following six national team captains in their respective 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns.[403] It was released by Netflix and also shown on FIFA's own streaming platform, FIFA+.[404]

Legal issues[edit]

In March 2018, in an embezzlement and tax evasion trial against the former Dinamo Zagreb executive, Zdravko Mamić, Modrić was called as a witness.[405] Throughout the mid-late 2000s, Modrić signed multiple contracts with Mamić to play at Dinamo Zagreb.[406][407] Modrić annexed most of his Tottenham transfer fee to Mamić because he was the broker of the move and gave Modrić financial backing early on in his career.[408][409] Despite stating in 2017 that he signed the annexe clause of the contract ten years earlier, in his testimony he stated that he signed it in 2004, the year of his first contract. Modrić was charged with perjury for stating that he annexed his fee at an earlier date than he allegedly had.[405] Facing the judge, he said, "I came here to state my defence and tell the truth, like every time so far. My conscience is clear".[407][410] The Croatian Football Federation stood behind Modrić,[407] but a part of the Croatian public, frustrated with the corruption in Croatian football, perceived the alleged perjury as a defence of Mamić and became critical of Modrić.[411][412][413] Some international news outlets praised him for dealing with the stress of his legal situation while performing with the Croatian team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[414] In October and December 2018, the perjury charge was rejected by the Croatian courts.[415][416]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 10 November 2022[417]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Zagreb 2003–04 Prva HNL 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Prva HNL 7 0 1 0 8 0
2005–06 Prva HNL 32 7 1 0 33 7
2006–07 Prva HNL 30 6 7 1 6[c] 0 1[d] 1 44 8
2007–08 Prva HNL 25 13 8 1 10[e] 3 43 17
Total 94 26 17 2 16 3 1 1 128 32
Zrinjski Mostar (loan) 2003–04 Bosnian Premier League 25 8 25 8
Inter Zaprešić (loan) 2004–05 Prva HNL 18 4 18 4
Tottenham Hotspur 2008–09 Premier League 34 3 2 1 4 0 4[f] 1 44 5
2009–10 Premier League 25 3 7 0 0 0 32 3
2010–11 Premier League 32 3 2 0 0 0 9[g] 1 43 4
2011–12 Premier League 36 4 3 0 0 0 2[h] 1 41 5
Total 127 13 14 1 4 0 15 3 160 17
Real Madrid 2012–13 La Liga 33 3 8 0 11[g] 1 1[i] 0 53 4
2013–14 La Liga 34 1 6 0 11[g] 1 51 2
2014–15 La Liga 16 1 0 0 6[g] 0 3[j] 0 25 1
2015–16 La Liga 32 2 0 0 12[g] 1 44 3
2016–17 La Liga 25 1 2 0 11[g] 0 3[k] 0 41 1
2017–18 La Liga 26 1 2 0 11[g] 1 4[l] 0 43 2
2018–19 La Liga 34 3 3 0 6[g] 0 3[m] 1 46 4
2019–20 La Liga 31 3 1 0 6[g] 1 2[i] 1 40 5
2020–21 La Liga 35 5 0 0 12[g] 1 1[i] 0 48 6
2021–22 La Liga 28 2 2 0 13[g] 0 2[i] 1 45 3
2022–23 La Liga 13 3 0 0 4[g] 2 1[n] 0 18 5
Total 307 25 24 0 103 8 20 3 454 36
Career total 571 76 55 3 4 0 134 14 21 4 785 97
  1. ^ Includes Croatian Cup, FA Cup, Copa del Rey
  2. ^ Includes Football League Cup
  3. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Cup
  4. ^ Appearance in Croatian Football Super Cup
  5. ^ Six appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, four appearances and one goal in UEFA Cup
  6. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  8. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  9. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España
  10. ^ Two appearances in Supercopa de España, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  11. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  12. ^ One appearance in Supercopa de España, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  13. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup
  14. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup


As of match played 5 December 2022[42]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Croatia 2006 12 2
2007 10 1
2008 11 3
2009 3 1
2010 8 0
2011 9 1
2012 9 0
2013 10 0
2014 11 2
2015 4 0
2016 8 1
2017 8 1
2018 15 2
2019 9 2
2020 6 0
2021 13 4
2022 13 3
Total 159 23
Croatia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Modrić goal.[417]
List of international goals scored by Luka Modrić
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 August 2006 Stadio Armando Picchi, Livorno, Italy
2 7 October 2006 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3 7 February 2007 Stadion Kantrida, Rijeka, Croatia
4 8 June 2008 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria
UEFA Euro 2008
5 6 September 2008 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 15 October 2008 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 6 June 2009 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 6 September 2011 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
9 9 September 2014 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
10 13 October 2014 Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek, Croatia
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
11 12 June 2016 Parc des Princes, Paris, France
UEFA Euro 2016
12 9 November 2017 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 16 June 2018 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia
2018 FIFA World Cup
14 21 June 2018 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
2018 FIFA World Cup
15 9 September 2019 Bakcell Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
16 10 October 2019 Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
17 30 March 2021 Stadion Rujevica, Rijeka, Croatia
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 22 June 2021 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
UEFA Euro 2020
19 11 October 2021 Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek, Croatia
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
20 11 November 2021 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
21 29 March 2022 Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
22 13 June 2022 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France
2022–23 UEFA Nations League A
23 25 September 2022 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria
2022–23 UEFA Nations League A


Modrić congratulated by bishops of Almudena Cathedral after winning the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League.
Modrić accepting the Golden Ball award at the hands of Vladimir Putin after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final.

Dinamo Zagreb[3]

Real Madrid[3]




See also[edit]


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