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.
Ivan Perišić was born in Split, SFR Yugoslavia on Feb. 2, 1989. Known for his versatile ability on football fields, one could find his figure in several position on football fields, such as winger, attacking midfielder or second striker. He started his football playing career when he was young, receiving systemic training from youth system. In 2009, Ivan Perišić reached a three-year agreement with the Club Brugge of Belgium. Throughout his club career with Club Brugge, he won nine goals in 33 league matches and played for Brugge in UEFA Europa League campaign for eight times.
In 2011, he moved to Borussia Dortmund of Germany by a five-year contract for €5 million. In 2013, he transferred to VfL Wolfsburg for €8 million for his outstanding performances on football fields. In 2015, he transferred to cooperate with Internationale with a five-year contract for €16 million. For great achievements with Croatia national football team, he was called up for the U17, U19 and U21 on behalf of Croatia. In 2011, he participated in a competition for the Croatia national football team for the first time.
Dejan Lovren was born in Zenica, SFR Yugoslavia on July 5, 1989. Played as a professional center back of the Croatia national football team and Liverpool of Premier League club, he started his football playing career when he was young prior to transferred to GNK Dinamo Zagreb in 2004. In 2006, he appeared in a match against NK Varteks Varaždin for Dinamo. After served for the club, Dejan Lovren has played for the lyon, Southampton and Liverpool successively, experiencing his prime with the football club Liverpool.
In 2014, he became a professional football player of Liverpool by a four-year agreement for £20 million, being the unprecedented expensive defender of the Liverpool. In 2014, he won his first Liverpool’s goal. Nevertheless, he was ruled out of the first team for his bad performances in the following competitions. Short after, he reclaimed his place in the first three matches in 2015-16 season. In addition, he accomplished the first appearance for Croatia in 2009. For outstanding performances on football fields, he was chosen as a football player for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Domagoj Vida was born in Našice, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia on Apr. 29, 1989. When he was young, he started his football playing career inspired by his father Rudika, also a football player. Prior to promote to the senior team in the 2006-07 season aged 17, he started and experienced the youth career in Croatia. In 2010, he reached a contract with the Bayer Leverkusen of Bundesliga. During the first season played with Leverkusen, he participated in eight competitions of UEFA Europa League. After served for the club, he transferred to Dynamo Kyiv of Ukrainian club by a five-year agreement for €6 million. On May 7, 2015, Vida obtained the winning goal in a match against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
In addition, he was a critical and active football player of the Croatia national under-21 team. In 2010, he accomplished his first international appearance in a competition against Wales. In 2013, he won his first Croatian goal for Croatia national football team. Although as a member of the Croatia national football team, he was remain a substitute in the tournament.
Mateo Kovačić was born in Linz, Austria on May 6, 1994. When he was 16 years old, Kovačić started his football playing career from Dinamo Zagreb, where he obtained consecutive titles two times prior to transfer to Inter in 2013. For outstanding performances in U17 matches, he became an excellent and the youngest goal-scorer of the league. Known for his versatile ability in football, he was taken as a left or an attacking midfielder of the Real Madrid and Croatia national football team.
After played for the Dinamo Zagreb, he reached an agreement with the world-class football club – Inter Milan for €15 million. In 2015, Mateo Kovačić became a professional football player of the Real Madrid, turning to be the fifth Croatian player after Robert Prosinečki, Davor Šuker, Robert Jarni and Luka Modrić. In 2017, he won the first goal in a league match against Real Sociedad. In addition, he also devoted himself in football playing for Croatia national football team, earning many honors and achievements for Croatia side.