Humble Croatian captain Luka Modric was once refugee before becoming world class footballer
4 months ago, 12 July 20:37
- Luka Modric's rise to stardom is something worthy of note
- The Croatian captain lived in a war-torn environment growing up
- As a kid he was told he was not star material because he was shy
- And now the 33-year-old skipper has inspired his country to make it to the World Cup final
Luka Modric's life has been filled with hardship since he was six years old with war forcing him to flee and become a refugee.
Modric grew up to the sound of grenades exploding as conflict raged on around him and it was an experience he would never forget along the line, shaping him to become the great star he is today.
He fled his country after his house was burned down but despite the troubles in his life, football provided a means of escaping the harsh reality for Modric.
The Real Madrid star later moved into a hotel in the coastal town of Zadar, a place that was still rife with war but that did not stop him from pursuing his dream.
According to Daily Mail (UK), a spokesman for the Kolovare Hotel where he lived as a youngster, said Modric did more damage to the hotel windows with his football than bombs landing.
In his footballing days as a young boy, coaches said he was too weak and too shy to play but today his career is soaring to unimaginable heights.
Modric led Croatia to the World Cup final On Wednesday, July 12, proving those who doubted his capabilities as a kid wrong.
A couple of man-of-the-match performances have steered his country all the way to the World Cup finals where they will face France.
And we cannot forget the pivotal role the maestro has played in helping Los Blancos win four Champions League trophies in the last five years.
Modric's remarkable journey to the World Cup final has written a new chapter in his life and already puts his name in Croatia's history book.
Meanwhile, TUKO.co.ke had earlier reported that in the semi finals at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Kieran Trippier scored from a set piece in the fifth minute while Ivan Perisic drew Croatia level in the 67th minute.
Mario Mandzukic scored the winner in the second half of extra time after sloppy defending breaking English fan's hearts world over.
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