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For those very rare who don’t know here’s a news flash: Croatia’s soccer team was second best at this year’s FIFA World Cup. The magnificent success has greatly increased Croatian buzz around the world, including our website’s traffic. And many thanks go to Luka Modric, the brave captain that greatly contributed to team success with his leadership and field performance.

Luka Modric, Soccer, Trophy, FIFA
Tom Dubravec / CROPIX

Luka’s play didn’t go unnoticed.  In the closing ceremony of World Cup, he received the Golden Ball trophy becoming the best player of the entire Championship. What followed was UEFA’s recognition of Luka Modric as the best player in Europe.  Finally, today marks another success in young Croat’s career. During FIFA Best Awards that took place in Royal Festival Hall of London he was proclaimed the best men’s player of 2018.

Luka Modric, Soccer, Trophy, FIFA
Boris Kovacev / CROPIX

Yet Luka’s life was not always glamorous and filled with awards. His childhood was greatly influenced by war in the 90’s Balkans. As a mere five-year old boy he had to help his family by keeping the sheep safe. This was proven by recently found documentary that actually filmed Luka Modric at that age. The film was researching the topic of then-actual shepherd life in Croatian mountains.

Tom Dubravec / CROPIX

It was a long way that was not without difficulties. But Luka’s dreams have come to fruition. Now, he is the best player in the world and one of football’s living legends. Learn more about this modern symbol of Croatian persistence here. or learn more about FIFA’s Best.

Featured Photo: Images via Reuters/John Sibley

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