Luka Modrić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Croatia national team. Modrić plays mainly as a central midfielder but can also play as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker. Modrić is widely regarded to be one of the best midfielders in his generation and among the greatest Croatian footballers of all-time.
Luka Modric’s Net Worth 2018: $7.5 Million (£5.7m)
Modric makes a whopping $7.5 million (U.S. standard) as of 2018. Born in Zadar, Modrić was signed by Dinamo Zagreb in 2002 after showing promise with his hometown club’s youth team. He continued his development in Zagreb before spells on loan to Zrinjski Mostar and Inter Zaprešić. In 2015, he became the first Croatian player ever to be included in the FIFA World XI, in which he was included once again in 2016 and 2017, as well in the UEFA Team of the Year in 2016 and 2017. He has been named the Croatian Footballer of the Year six times, tied with Davor Šuker for most wins of all-time.
In the 2005–06 season, Modrić signed a ten-year contract (his first long-term contract) with Dinamo Zagreb. With the contract’s earnings, he bought a flat in Zadar for his family. He secured a place in Dinamo’s first team, contributing 7 goals in 31 matches to help win the league. In the 2006–07 season, Dinamo again won the league, with Modrić making a similar contribution, being the main provider for striker Eduardo, which helped Modrić win the Prva HNL Player of the Year award. The following season, Modrić 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 AFC Ajax; the game finished 1–1 after regular time. Dinamo won the game and play-off with a score of 3–2 after extra time with two goals from teammate Mario Mandžukić.
Modrić agreed to transfer terms with Tottenham Hotspur on 26 April 2008. 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. 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.
On 11 September 2010, Modrić scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season in a 1–1 away draw at West Bromwich Albion. On 28 November, in a home match against Liverpool, Modrić scored one goal that was later credited as an own-goal by Liverpool’s defender. 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.” Modrić also scored in Tottenham’s 3–2 victory over Stoke City on 9 April, and converted a penalty at Anfield on 15 May in a 2–0 victory over Liverpool.
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 game early because of an injury; Spurs lost 4–3, despite the tremendous efforts of Gareth Bale. On the return match at home, on 2 November, Modrić was given too much space to move and dictate the tempo of the game. He created and assisted for the first goal by Rafael van der Vaart in a 3–1 victory. In the next match, against Werder Bremen, Modrić scored the second goal. After a scoreless draw against A.C. Milan, Spurs were eliminated from the competition in the quarter-finals by Real Madrid.
On 27 August 2012, Real Madrid announced they had agreed to a deal with Tottenham for an approximate £30 million transfer fee. Modrić signed a five-year contract with the Spanish club.
In November 2014, Modrić signed a new contract to stay at Real Madrid until 2018. With the departure of Alonso he was partnered with newly arrived Toni Kroos. Real Madrid began the season by winning the UEFA Super Cup over Sevilla Modrić assisted twice for Bale, first against Real Sociedad in La Liga, and second against Basel in the Champions League. In the 2–0 away win against Villarreal, Modrić scored his seventh goal from outside of the box.
On 18 October 2016, Modrić signed a new contract with Real Madrid, keeping him at the club until 2020. Due to an injury of a left knee sustained in mid-September, he missed eight games until early November. On 18 December, with the team, he won the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup and received the Silver Ball award for his performance. On 12 March 2017, in a 2–1 win over Betis, Modrić played his 200th game for Real Madrid.
In the World Cup 2018 qualifying, Modrić scored a penalty for Croatia against Greece in the second round of qualifications, advancing to the World Cup and being placed in the group-stage with Argentina, Iceland, and Nigeria. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Modrić, along with Rakitić and Mandžukić was referred to as Croatia’s second Golden Generation.
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