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Luka Modrić

Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 13.47CET
Real Madrid CF
Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 13.47CET

Luka Modrić

Real Madrid CF

Clubs: GNK Dinamo Zagreb, HŠK Zrinjski (loan), NK Inter Zaprešić (loan), Tottenham Hotspur FC, Real Madrid CF

• One of the most talented midfield orchestrators currently playing the game, Luka Modrić was outstanding for Croatia at UEFA EURO 2008 and UEFA EURO 2012, moving to Real Madrid CF following the tournament.

• Signed for Dinamo Zagreb as a youth but played in Bosnia and Herzegovina for Zrinjski and helped provincial outfit Inter Zaprešić finish runners-up in the Croatian top flight before rejoining the club in 2005.

• Won the Croatian title in all three of his seasons at Dinamo, including a runaway victory in 2007/08 – and a second successive domestic double − by a 28-point margin.

• A Croatian youth and Under-21 international, he made his senior debut in a prestigious 3-2 win against Argentina in Basel on 1 March 2006; played twice as a substitute at that year's FIFA World Cup and scored his maiden goal against Italy in the Azzurri's first match as world champions.

• An ever-present during Croatia's UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying campaign under Slaven Bilić, his contributions for club and country earned him the title of 2007 Croatian league player of the year and a club record-equalling €21m transfer to Tottenham prior to the UEFA European Championship finals, where he excelled, earning inclusion in the UEFA Team of the Tournament.

• Adapted slowly but surely to English football, shrugging off persistent injury problems to become the chief creative force in Harry Redknapp's team as they qualified for the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League.

• Earned his 50th cap during a 2-0 defeat by Greece in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, guiding his side to the finals in Poland and Ukraine, but could not help them past the group stage. 

• Joined Madrid in the summer of 2012, making 33 Liga appearances in his debut season, as the club finished second, while also being a key member of the side that made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

UEFA honours
UEFA EURO 2008:
Team of the Tournament

Last updated: 03/07/13 13.19CET

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