Clubs: NK Marsonia, NK Zagreb, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, VfL Wolfsburg, FC Bayern München
• Born in Slavonski Brod, he began his professional career with local club Marsonia and scored 14 goals in his debut season in the Croatian second division, which prompted a transfer to top-flight Zagreb.
• Struggled in his first term at Zagreb but found the net 11 times in his second top-flight campaign and earned a cross-city move to Dinamo, where he was expected to fill the boots of the departed Eduardo.
• Proved a worthy replacement for the Brazilian-born Croatian international, scoring 12 league goals in his first season, a league-best tally of 16 in his second and another 14 in 2009/10, helping Dinamo to the title in each campaign; he also won two Croatian Cups and appeared three seasons running in the UEFA Cup/Europa League group stage.
• Scored his first goal for Croatia on only his second appearance – a consolation effort in a 4-1 home defeat by England in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying; it took him another 15 games before he struck for his country again but he came good at UEFA EURO 2012, finding the net three times in the group stage.
• Joined Wolfsburg in summer 2010 and recovered from a poor start to score eight goals in the closing weeks and rescue the club from relegation. His form at UEFA EURO 2012 led to a transfer to Bayern. Top scored for the Bavarians with 15 goals in their Bundesliga title-winning campaign and was on target in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final victory against Borussia Dortmund.
UEFA Champions League: winner 2013
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|07.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Croatia||1-0||FYR Macedonia||90||0||1|
|11.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Belgium||1-1||Croatia||88||0||0|
|12.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||FYR Macedonia||1-2||Croatia||72||0||0|
|16.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Croatia||2-0||Wales||90||1||0|
|22.03.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Croatia||2-0||Serbia||90||1||0|
|26.03.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Wales||1-2||Croatia||90||0||1|
|07.06.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Croatia||0-1||Scotland||88||0||0|
|06.09.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Serbia||1-1||Croatia||90||1||0|
|11.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Croatia||1-2||Belgium||90||0||0|
|15.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Scotland||2-0||Croatia||80||0||0|
|15.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Iceland||0-0||Croatia||87||0||0|
|19.11.2013||FIFA World Cup||Play-off for Final Tournament||Croatia||2-0||Iceland||38||1||0|
|18.06.2014||FIFA World Cup||Final tournament - Group stage||Cameroon||0-4||Croatia||90||2||0|
|23.06.2014||FIFA World Cup||Final tournament - Group stage||Croatia||1-3||Mexico||90||0||0|
|25.08.2014||Spanish Liga||Rayo Vallecano||0-0||Atlético||75||0||0|
|09.09.2014||UEFA EURO||Qualifying round||Croatia||2-0||Malta||79||0||0|
|13.09.2014||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||1-2||Atlético||78||0||0|
|01.10.2014||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Atlético||1-0||Juventus||84||0||0|
|10.10.2014||UEFA EURO||Qualifying round||Bulgaria||0-1||Croatia||90||0||0|
|13.10.2014||UEFA EURO||Qualifying round||Croatia||6-0||Azerbaijan||90||0||0|
|22.10.2014||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Atlético||5-0||Malmö||77||1||0|
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