Luka Modrić

Born on 9 September 1985, in Zadar, Croatia, Luka Modric is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Croatia national team and La Liga club Real Madrid as a central, attacking or defensive midfielder. He is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world.

Real Madrid star Luka Modrić has won the the Croatian Footballer of the Year(“Football Oscar”) six times. It is the most prestigious annual association football award that is established in 1972 and it is given to the best Croatian football player in the preceding year. The award is usually presented in a ceremony hosted by the Croatian Football Federation. In addition, Modrić has got the Hope of the Year award which is awarded to the best young Croatian player. Only he and Ivica Olić get both the two awards.

“Thanks everyone for the award. I play for the national team and I am very happy because of that. Now all I thinking of is Dinamo and the Euro in France.” Modrić said when he received the “Football Oscar”.

Modrić is described as a quick and creative playmaker and he can play with both feet. This excellent midfielder is know for his ability to pass the ball accurately across long or short distances.

As a core player of Real Madrid, Modrić helped the club win UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup simultaneously in 2014. In 2015-16 season, the successful team won UEFA Champions League again. In 2016-17, he won La Liga championship with Real Madrid, which was the first time that he had got the title.

Modrić transferred to Real Madrid in 2012 and the club announced the extension of Luka Modrić’s contract until 30 June 2018.

The Most Expensive German Attacking Midfielder – Mesut Özil

The German international Mesut Özil was born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany on 15 October 1988. He could be deployed as both attacking midfielder and winger. He started his football playing career from Bundesliga club Schalke 04 in his hometown ahead of moving to Werder Bremen for €5 million. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he impressed all people aged 22, becoming an important football player in sideway.

He was also selected as a nominee for the Golden Ball Award and the first assistant in critical European and domestic football matches. For his impressive performances and dynamic energy as an attacking midfielder or winger, he move to La Liga club Real Madrid. Ahead of being the 17th excellent assists, he won the Copa Del Rey in his first season with Real Madrid while the Spanish team won the champion of La Liga in the next season.

Besides, he is also the winner of the Supercopa de España in 2011-12 season, cutting a striking figure in front of football followers for his technical skills and innovation in football playing. As an agile, fine and versatile attacking midfielder or a winger, he was often taken to compare with Zinedine Zidane by former manager José Mourinho. In 2012-13 season, he moved to Premier League club Arsenal for a then-club record contract worth £42.5 million, becoming the most expensive German professional football player successfully. In his first Arsenal season, Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2014, finishing the nine-year trophy drought with helping hand from Mesut Özil.