Highly regarded as one of the most complete and best midfielders in the world, Luka Modric is a Croatian footballer who plays for the Spanish club, Real Madrid as well as captains his national team. Does he know how to play? Do you even ask? Luka was instrumental to Real’s three consecutive wins in the UEFA Champions League from 2016 to 2018.
Cristiano Ronaldo may be the highest goal scorer with up to 50 goals in a season, and Sergio Ramos secures the Whites with his impressive defensive play, but Luka is indispensable in the midfield as well with his magic touch on the ball and ease of navigating the midfield. He is flawless, consistent, unassuming and complete in every sense of the words in football’s lexicon.
He is prominent for his quick and creative playmaking activities, his ability to play with both feet, as well as for his ability to pass the ball across long and short distances accurately. We have covered here his biography, wife, age, height, weight, salary, and son. Read on.
Biography and Age of Luka Modric
Not everybody would have the ability to see beyond the unpleasant situation or condition they are faced with at a time to look into a beautiful future that possibly awaits them. However, that was exactly what Luka Modric did. He was born in Zadar, SFR Yugoslavia on September 9, 1985, as the oldest child of his aeromechanic father, Stipe and textile worker mother, Radojka. He has 2 sisters, Jasmina and Diora.
His childhood was a tough one as it was plotted during Croatia’s War of Independence which became intense in 1991. Instead of breaking down as a child whose opportunities were plagued, he found an outlet to make up for his losses, football became a way to escape the ugly reality he faced. He played everywhere he found space, in front of their room, the parking lot, just anywhere.
In 1992, he enrolled in a primary school and a sporting academy, strongly supported by his family. He showed great potential as a youth player although he faced rejection in the early years of his career as a result of his small nature. Luka was eventually signed up by Dinamo Zagreb in 2001. Therein, he exhibited great potential and quality despite the former verdict that was passed on him – his size and frail outlook.
His Career and Salary
His career took flight when he was loaned to Zrinjski Mostar in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2003. At the end of the season, he was named Bosnian and Herzegovinian League Player of the Year. He also developed a versatile mode of play. Inter Zaprešić was the next team he played in, also on loan in 2004. He helped the team to achieve the second position in the Croatian First Football League, as well as a place in the preliminary round of the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) preliminary round. Luka noted for his talent and exceptional style of play, won the Croatian Football Hope of the Year award in 2004.
In 2005, he returned to his parent club, Dinamo where he displayed the experiences and skills he garnered while he was away. Luka helped the team to win the league for two consecutive seasons, 2005 to 2007. He finished his four-year tenure at Dinamo with a tally of over 31 goals and 29 assists in four league seasons, proving to be not only a standout midfielder but a playmaker as well.
Following his winning streaks and exceptional style of play, he became a hot target of various clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal, and Barcelona. Eventually, he signed up with Tottenham Hotspur on 26 April 2008 for a six-year contract at a fee of £16.5 million. While there, he helped the club achieve so many victories including reaching their first involvement in the Champions League in almost 50 years in 2011, reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament. He was also voted the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Player of the Year at the end of the 2011-2012 season.
Although he was criticized mostly for his little nature, his club manager, saw that as an advantage and doesn’t hesitate to praise him for his efforts. He had so much faith in Luka’s ability. At one time he lauded him as unbelievable, magnificent, and an amazing footballer who knows how to take the ball in the tightest areas with people around him and wriggles out of the situations, as well as could play in any team in the world.
After the 2011-2012 season, Luka transferred to Real Madrid for a fee of over £30 million. He helped the club win their tenth Champions League title, known as la Décima (the tenth).
His influence on the game is greatly recognized by fans, officials and teammates alike and his absence is also greatly felt. He has been included in the FIFA World XI thrice and has received the Silver Ball and the Golden Ball award for his performance in the 2016 and 2017 FIFA Club World Cup respectively.
In the national front, he made his international debut in 2006 in a match against Argentina. Since then, Luke has taken part in every major tournament his country has qualified for. Luka Modric has been named the Croatian Footballer of the Year six times, tied with Davor Šuker for most wins of all-time.
The diminutive mid fielder’s net worth is estimated to be $7.5 million with a weekly salary of £180,000 (approximately $238, 770).
Luka Modric’s Wife, Son
Unlike most athletes, Luka has been linked to only one woman to whom he has remained committed to. The Real’s midfielder is married to Vanja Bosnic who also doubles as his agent. They met in 2006 at a cafe in Zagreb when Luka was 19 and Vanja was 24. They got married in May 2010 after dating for four years. The duo now has three children together.
Their first child, a son named Ivano was born on June 6, 2010, prior to their moving to Spain in 2012. A daughter, Ema was added to the fold in 2013, on April 25 and was followed by a sister, Sofia who was born on October 2, 2017. For the Real Madrid’s player, it’s all about the two F’s – Family and Football.
His Height, Weight
Luka Modric whose little frame and a lightweight body have always been of prime interest both to media and clubs is 1.72 m (5 feet 8 inches) tall and weighs 66 kg.