Croatia’s national team may be comprised of notable players which you would want to devote special attention to; the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic, however, their forward, Ante Rebic, who may not be as eye-catching as the others is remarkably a force to be reckoned with.
Who is Ante Rebic?
Rebic, who also plays as a winger (forward) is currently under the employ of German club, Eintracht Frankfurt. He was born on September 21, 1993, in Split, Croatia. Ante Rebic is a notable goal scorer whose goals are effective and are known to be a deciding factor in earning his teams’ their much-coveted victories.
He scored two goals in a 3-1 victory against Bayern Munich in May 2018 which won Eintracht Frankfurt’s first cup in 30 years. His stunning goal for Croatia against Argentina in a 3-0 win in FIFA World Cup 2018 Group D earned him deserved adoration in his homeland as well as etched his name on his nation’s football history. Ante Rebic is also one of the burgeoning players to look out.
He started his youth career playing for Vinjani and then Imotski from 2008 to 2010. Following a standout performance in Italy with Hajduk Split in 2010, he moved over to RNK Split where his senior career kickstarted. In his debut with his new team, Ante scored the equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Dinamo Zagreb on May 20, 2011, during the 2010–11 Prva HNL. He then signed a three-year deal with the club in August 2011 and was set to impress in his spell there. Rebic scored 15 goals in 49 appearances between 2011 to 2012 seasons. He made such a mark in the football world attracting a number of clubs, including Fiorentina, Tottenham Hotspur, and Swansea City, before eventually settling for the Italian side, Fiorentina.
In August 2013, Ante Rebic signed a five-year contract with Serie A club, Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee. He scored his first Serie A goal on May 18, 2017, in 2–2 draw against Torino two minutes after replacing Manuel Pasqual. Most of his time with the club was spent on loan to other clubs; RB Leipzig (a season-long loan deal), Hellas Verona (though he was unable to help the club avoid relegation to Serie B in his nine appearances), and Eintracht Frankfurt which he joined on July 11, 2016 on a season-long loan initially.
His loan was extended for another year in August 2017 with an option to buy before finally joining them permanently in 2018 following key role in their DFB-Pokal victory on May 19, 2018. Getting hold of his star performances at the World Cup, many clubs including Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal, Napoli as well as Bayern Munich have been linked with a move for the young player.
He started donning his national jersey following his call-up on July 31, 2013. He debuted in a friendly away to Liechtenstein as a 63rd-minute substitute for Ivica Olić. Rebic earned the praise of his manager, Igor Štimac for scoring four minutes after the substitution in the 3–2 win. He was also voted Croatian Football Hope of the Year in 2013.
He played as a substitute in both games of the decisive World Cup play-off matches against Iceland in November 2013 after being called up by coach Niko Kovač (who he credits with being instrumental to his move to the current club where he is regarded as a star). His team secured their spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup by winning 2–0 on aggregate.
Though he was not capped for Croatia between June 2015 and November 2017, Ante Rebić was named in manager Zlatko Dalić’s final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Poised to be one of European’s top player, Ante Rebic has been opined by many to be the greatest discovery in 2018 World Cup. He still has a lifetime of a career spread out before him and would seal his place in football history in no time if he continues in this form.
Ante Rebic’s Family
Ante Rebic was born in a modest family to father, Boško Rebic, a high-tech car maker and mother, Nediljka, alongside two sisters, Catherine and Mary. The entire family is highly supportive of his soaring career and relishes in his success and fame.
He enjoys spending time with his folks in his hometown, Imotski, especially during the Christmas holidays not forgetting his sports family, Frankfurt where he said he enjoyed every second spent with the team.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
The winger stands at 1.85 m tall and his body weighs 170 lbs (77 kg). His other body measurements are not known.