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Luka Modric has had an incredible increase

Luka Modric has had an incredible increase

In front of England's UEFA Nations League conflict with Croatia on Sunday, we take a look at Luka Modric's journey from humble beginnings to becoming FIFA's best player – and an important threat to Gareth Southgate's side …..

Humble beginning and early success

Failed to fly from his home in Yugoslavia with his family in just six years because of the phases of Croatia's independent independence, Modric grew up as a refugee in his own country within the walls of the large decayed Hotel Iz in Zadar. But despite this turmoil, he got the platform to showcase his football talent at NK Zadar – then a top class Croatian club.

Modric's height and small frame were counted against him, and he was thus depicted by Hajduk Spilled, despite Zadar's President Josip Bajlo's observation that, although "he was thin and very small for his age, you could see directly that he had something especially in him ".

Modric in action for Dinamo Zagreb

Modric in action for Dinamo Zagreb

Tomislav Basic, one of Modric's early NK Zadar coaches – considered his "sports father" by the player himself – facilitated a move to Dinamo Zagreb at the end of 2001 and after a year to play in the club's youth set-up, old midfielder won the players of the year 2003/04 under a loan to Zrinjski Mostar in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

An additional temporary spell the following season – this time with Inter Zapresic – saw Modric help the club to end up as a runner in Croatia's first football league and for a long time he was rewarded with a 10-year contract by Zagreb. Almost immediately, he spent part of his new wealth by buying an apartment for his family in Zadar's city; reward them for the victims they did to further develop their development in such difficult circumstances.

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Part of a Zagreb team that won in subsequent top-flight campaigns from 2005 to 2007, Modric was an important part of the midfield and his game-making ability was an important factor in the development of Brazilian-born Crocodile Eduardo da Silva, who had a remarkable 54 league goals over the two title-winning seasons.

However, there was a change in Stadion Maksimir at the end of the 2006/07 season. Eduardo completed a £ 7.5m move to Arsenal, while defender Vedran Corluka joined the upcoming Manchester City Revolution. Despite the interest of Arsenal and Barcelona, ​​Modric chose to remain and rewarded for doing so. Dinamo finished a league and doubling, which won the last with a surprising 28-point margin.

Continued progress is rewarded

Following his reluctance to resign from his home country, Modric agreed to a six-year agreement to join Tottenham in April 2008 and moved to White Hart Lane for $ 16.5 million in the summer.

The "easy" tag followed him in the early stages of his time in northern London, when Spurs began to turn to the Premier League in September, but when Harry Redknapp – who had been teethed by Juande Ramos – saw the growing talent of Croatian he took him from left and planned to build a team around Modric to make him the club's star.

Modric was a star player for Spurs

Modric was a star player for Spurs

His stock began to rise from there. Modric starred during Spurs first taste of the Champions League in the 2010/11 season and in a season where they finished fifth in the league, he scored the highest average number of passes per game for Spurs (62.5) with an accuracy of 87.4 percent.

His pure skill to dictate the pace of one game drove the rumors far away, and in summer 2011, Chelsea confirmed his interest in midfielder with failed bids of SEK 22 billion and later SEK 27 billion.

With Chelsea's interests threatening, Modric did not know on the opening day of next season against Manchester United, because the rumors of a final bid remained in the headlines. Rumors came true on Deadline Day, as Blues offered £ 40 million for its services – but again denied the Spurs offer.

Although his significance for Redknapp's side remained intact, Modric made a gentleman's agreement with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy who would see the club maintain offers from "big clubs" if they were to be presented in the future.

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Become a Galactico

"Magnificent. He's a great football player, the little man takes the ball into the tightest areas of people around him and turns out of situations." He said he could play in any team in the world, "said former Spurs manager Redknapp once again about Modric. In 2012 he went to one of the best.

When the Premier League season 2011/12 ended, Modric's participation in the competition. He signed with a sublime volley in Spurs 4-1 dump of Bolton and on August 27th, Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid signed a 30 million dollar bill and became part of what has become known in some circles as the second era of Galacticos & # 39 ;.

As it had been the case with his start at White Hart Lane, Modric initially found the transition challenging, with lack of preschool training and fierce competition for places affecting his start at Bernabeu. From the summer of 2013, however, the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti proved to be the catalyst for an increase in Modric's performances in the Spanish capital.

Modric has won four Champions League with Real Madrid

Modric has won four Champions League with Real Madrid

A formidable balance was merged with a central midfield pairing by Xabi Alonso and Modric and this was a partnership that became part of a side raising the Champions League and Copa Del Rey 2013/14. Although Toni Kroos joined Alonso's departure, Modric spent a large part of the next side-line campaign due to injury and Ancelotti cleared his absence Real Real and was a contributing factor in failing to win a second consecutive Champions League title and a first La Liga title since 2011/12.

An important member of the group since then, Modric has scored 268 times for Real, scoring 13 goals and contributing 41 assists. They are statistics that tell only about a part of the story of his contribution to a trophy jump that has five Champions League winners, two Spanish Super Cups and a single La Liga medal.

The best player in the world

As the captain of Zlatko Dalic's Croatian side, at this summer's World Cup, Modric suffered from examples – as usual. Called by many sales outlets as the group's best player after scoring two goals, he successfully succeeded in converting two penalties because the nation became the first team since Argentina in 1990 to win two shots in a single tournament and pulled the strings in their semi-final, extra- time victory over England.

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Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Modric say he can not believe he has won the FIFA prize for the best men's players

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Modric say he can not believe he has won the FIFA prize for the best men's players

The 33-year-old completed 87 percent of his passports in Russia, ran 72.3 kilometers over seven games and, before the final, had completed most passes in an opponent's half and ranked as the top in dribbles per match.

Cruelly, the story was finished in the final, when outsiders outside Croatia lost 4-2 to France in Moscow, but Modric's contribution was recognized by him to win the Golden Ball for the Best Player of the World Cup 2018.

The plots continued from August to September and October. He was named the best FIFA men's year player, this year's UEFA player, and was announced as one of 30 players nominated for Ballon d & # 39; Or.

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England meets Croatia in a winner-taking-all UEFA Nations League conflict on Sunday, living on Sky Sports.

England meets Croatia in a winner-taking-all UEFA Nations League conflict on Sunday, living on Sky Sports.

In the aftermath of his loan spell with Zrinjski Mostar all the way back in 2003/04, Modric said, "Anyone who can play in the Bosnian league can play somewhere." After the sparkling year he has had it seem as if his early predictions were correct – and England will have a careful look at his talents when they meet him again in the Nations League, live on Sky Sports on Sunday.

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A version of this article will first appear on skysports.com in October 2018

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