Luka Modrić Biography, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Children, Salary and Net Worth

Luka Modrić Biography

Luka Modrić is a Croatian professional football player born on 9 September 1985. He plays for Spanish club Real Madrid as a midfielder and is the captain of the Croatia national team. He mainly plays as a central midfielder but he can also play as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker. 

He is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation, and among the greatest Croatian footballers of all-time and also known for his vision, precision in execution and tactical strategy.

Luka Modrić Age

Modrić was born on 9th September 1985 in Zadar, Croatia. He is 33 years old as of 2018.

Luka Modrić Family

Luka Modrić grew up in the hamlet of Modrići which is a part of Zaton Obrovački, to Stipe Modrić from Modrići and Radojka Dopuđ from Kruševo near Obrovac. He is the firstborn child of the family and has two siblings. They are sisters: Jasmina Modrić and Diora Modrić.

Both of his parents initially worked in a knitwear factory. He entered a primary school and a sporting academy simultaneously, in 1992. The latter was paid for with the little money the family had, sometimes helped by Modrić’s uncle. He was inspired to play football as a boy, by Zvonimir Boban and Francesco Totti.

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Luka Modrić Wife

The Croatian national is married to Vanja Bosnić since May 2010. They tied the knot in the Croatian capital Zagreb in a private ceremony after four years of dating and later in a church after a year. They have three children together: a son and two daughters.

Luka Modrić Children

Modric is a father of three children: a son by the name Ivano who was born on 6 June 2010, a daughter called Ema, born on 25 April 2013 and his second daughter called Sofia. Sofia was born on 2 October 2017. Other than that, not much is known about his life outside football as he tends to keep a low profile.

Luka Modrić Career

Luka Modrić Dinamo Zagreb

With support from his family, Modric participated in representative camps and trained in NK Zadar. However, due to being considered too young and light, he was not signed by Croatian powerhouse Hajduk Split, the best representative football club in the region of Dalmatia. Tomislav Bašić, the head of the youth academy, saw the talent in him and arranged his move to Dinamo Zagreb in late 2001. In 2003, after a season with Dinamo Zagreb’s youth side, Modrić was loaned to Zrinjski Mostar in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He became Bosnian and Herzegovinian League Player of the Year at the age of 18, after establishing his versatile style of play. In 2004, he was loaned to Croatian side Inter Zaprešić, where he spent one season, helping the team to achieve second position in the Croatian First Football League and a place in the UEFA Cup, preliminary round . In 2004, he won the Croatian Football Hope of the Year award . In 2005, he returned to Dinamo Zagreb .

Modrić signed a ten-year contract with Dinamo Zagreb, in the 2005–06 season. With his first salary at the club he bought a flat in Zadar for his family. After contributing 7 goals in 31 matches to help win the league, he secured a place in Dinamo’s first team. He also helped the team win the 2006–07 season league. He was the main provider for striker Eduardo, which helped Modrić win the Prva HNL Player of the Year award.

Luka Modrić TottenHam Hotspurs

He joined Tottenham Hotspur on 26 April 2008 and signed a six-year contract. The transfer fee as confirmed by Tottenham was £16.5 million. He then made his competitive debut for the club during the Premier League on 16 August in a 2–1 defeat to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in Spurs’ first match of the 2008–09 season.

He had a slow start at Tottenham with issues of his size being brought up but he said, “critics push you forward to show people they are wrong. Maybe I look lightweight but I am a really strong person mentally and physically, and I never had any problems with my size”.

After the appointment of manager Harry Redknapp, Modrić was given a more familiar role as a central- or left-sided midfielder, allowing him to have more influence on the team and use his footballing talent more productively, for example in a 4–4 draw with arch-rivals Arsenal on 29 October. His first competitive goal at Tottenham came in a 2–2 draw against Spartak Moscow during the UEFA Cup group stages on 18 December 2008.

He signed a new contract that would keep him at the club for six more years till 2016, on 30 May 2010. He was heavily pursued by Chelsea in mid 2011 with a first bid of £22 million, and increased to £27 million. The two offers were however denied by the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Modric then announced that he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with Levy that the club would entertain offers from a “big club” as he would welcome a move across London. On the final day of the transfer window, Chelsea made an offer of £40 million that was again rejected.

Luka Modrić Real Madrid

Real Madrid made an announcement on a deal they had with Tottenham for an approximate £30 million transfer fee on 27 August 2012 in regards to Modric. He subsequently signed a five-year contract with the Spanish club and made his debut two days later. This was against Barcelona in the second leg final of the 2012 Supercopa de España at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, as he replaced Mesut Özil in the 83rd minute.

They won the match and this gave Modric his first trophy with the club 36 hours after his signing was announced. He struggled in settling into the team due to his lack of pre-season training and the presence of veteran midfielders (Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira in defensive midfield, and Özil in offensive midfield) which often kept Modrić out of the starting lineup and limited him to substitute appearances.

His first UEFA Champions League match with Real Madrid was on 18 September in the group stage against Manchester City and Madrid won 3-2. He scored his first goal on 3 November in the last minute of their 4–0 victory over Real Zaragoza in La Liga. He also assisted a Karim Benzema goal on 17th November though it was later ruled as an own goal by Jon Aurtenetxe Borde.

He became a frequent starter with the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti as the new manager. He was partnered with Xabi Alonso in the midfield to provide a balance of defence and attack. He also became the team’s most efficient passer, with an average of 90% accuracy in La Liga, and also having the most ball recoveries among the squad.

He signed a new contract in November 2014 to stay at Madrid until 2018. With the departure of Alonso he was partnered with newly arrived Toni Kroos. He missed most of the 2014/2015 season due to injuries. In the 15/16 season, Modric still remained a key midfield player even under Rafael Benítez who had replaced Carlo Ancelotti. He began the season assisting in September, November and December, and scoring in the 3–4 away win against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League group stage.

In January 2016, Zinedine Zidane became the new manager of Real Madrid and Modric’s reputation did not change. During that season, 2015-2016, he was in the team as they won the 2015–16 Champions League, was included in  both Champions League and La Liga’s team of the season, received the LFP award for the “Best Midfielder” of the Spanish first league for a second time, was included in the FIFA World XI for the second time and in the UEFA Team of the Year for the first time.

He signed a new contract with Real Madrid on 18th October 2016 to keep him at the club until 2020. He won the  2016 FIFA Club World Cup with Real Madrid, receiving the Silver Ball for his performances during the tournament on 18 December. He became the first Croatian to win the Champions League three times after Madrid won the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League. He also won the  UEFA Club Football award for Best Midfielder of the Champions League season.

He came at number four for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award, as number five for the 2017 Ballon d’Or and included in the FIFA World XI a third time. When James Rodríguez left for Bayern Munich, Modric inherited the coveted the number 10 jersey and replaced his previous number 19 jersey.

That season, he won the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup with Real Madrid and received the Golden Ball award as the best player of the competition for his performance. His first goal of the season came in a 7–1 win over Deportivo de La Coruña on 21 January 2018. He was a regular starter when Real Madrid won the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, starting in the final victory against Liverpool which saw Madrid win their third consecutive title. For his performances throughout the campaign, Modrić was included in Champions League team of the season for the third consecutive time.

Modric received the UEFA Club Football Award for Best Midfielder of the Champions League for a second consecutive time and was included in the FIFA World XI for the fourth time. It was revealed in July 2018 that his Real Madrid jersey was the most requested jersey Christiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.

In August and September 2018, Modric won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award and The Best FIFA Men’s Player due to his club, and national team performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup where also received the Golden Ball. This was the first the awards were not won by Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since 2013 and 2008. Besides being the first Croatian player to win the awards, Modric is the first player to win in the same year the World Cup Golden Ball and the UEFA award after Ronaldo in 1998, and the FIFA award after Romário in 1994.

In August 2018, Real Madrid welcomed Julen Lopetegui as the new manager. Modric was given a steady return to the first team as a substitute due to his shortened summer rest after the 2018 World Cup. He made his first start for the season on September 1st  in a 4–1 home win against Leganés.

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Luka Modrić World Cup 2006

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals, Modrić made two appearances as a substitute in the group fixtures against Japan and Australia. He earned greater recognition at international level, where he scored his first goal in Croatia’s 2–0 friendly win over Italy on 16 August 2006 in Livorno with the appointment of new manager Slaven Bilić.

Luka Modrić Height

Modric is 1.72 m tall.

Luka Modrić Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $7.5 million.

Luka Modrić Salary

He earns a salary of £180,000 per week as of 2018/19 Real Madrid players’ salaries.

Luka Modrić FIFA 19

Luka Modrić plays as a Central Midfielder for Real Madrid in Spain. His overall rating in FIFA 19 is 91 with a potential of 91. Modrić has got a 4-star skillmoves rating. He prefers to shoot with his right foot. His workrates are High / High. Modrić’s height is 172 cm and his weight is estimated at 66 kg according to FIFA’s database. Currently, Luka Modrić is playing with number 10. His best stats are: Balance: 94, Ball Control: 93, Short Pass: 93, Agility: 93, Vision: 92.

Real Madrid Specialities Traits
Position    RCM Dribbler Leadership
Kit Number   10 Acrobat Long Shot Taker (CPU AI Only)
Joined Club   August 1, 2012 Playmaker  Playmaker (CPU AI Only)
Contract Length  2020 Engine Technical Dribbler (CPU AI Only)
Complete Midfielder


Ball Skills Defence Mental Passing Physical Shooting Goalkeeper
Ball Control 93 Marking  60 Aggression  62 Crossing 86 Acceleration 80 Heading 55 GK Positioning 14
Dribbling 90 Slide Tackle  73 Reactions 90 Short Pass  93 Stamina 89 Shot Power 79 GK Diving 13
  Stand Tackle  76 Att. Position  79 Long Pass 88 Strength 58 Finishing 72 GK Handling 9
  Interceptions  83   Balance 94 Long Shots 82 GK Kicking  7
Vision  92 Sprint Speed  72 Curve 85 GK Reflexes 9
Composure  84 Agility  93 FK Acc. 78  
  Jumping  88 Penalties  82
Volleys 76

Luka Modrić FIFA 18

Luka Modrić plays as a Central Midfielder for Real Madrid in Spain. His overall rating in FIFA 18 is 89 with a potential of 89. Modrić has got a 4-star skillmoves rating. He prefers to shoot with his right foot. His workrates are High / Medium. Modrić’s height is 172 cm and his weight is estimated at 66 kg according to FIFA’s database. Currently, Luka Modrić is playing with number 10. His best stats are: Balance: 94, Agility: 93, Ball Control: 92, Short Pass: 92, Vision: 90.

Real Madrid Specialities
Position                RCM Dribbler
Kit Number           10 Acrobat
Joined Club     August 1, 2012 Playmaker
Contract Length     2020


Ball Skills Defence Mental Passing Physical Shooting Goalkeeper
Ball Control 92 Marking  66 Aggression  62 Crossing  78 Acceleration 75 Heading 55 GK Positioning 14
Dribbling 86 Slide Tackle  73 Reactions 88 Short Pass  92 Stamina 82 Shot Power 73 GK Diving 13
  Stand Tackle  80 Att. Position  79 Long Pass 84 Strength 58 Finishing 71 GK Handling 9
  Interceptions  78   Balance 94 Long Shots 82 GK Kicking  7
Vision  90 Sprint Speed  71 Curve  79 GK Reflexes 9
Composure  84 Agility  93 FK Acc. 77  
  Jumping  87 Penalties  80
Volleys 74

Luka Modrić Stats

The following results are correct as of Saturday 1st December 2018 in a match against match against Valencia.

Team / Club Competition Season Apps Goals Assists Yellow cards Red cards
REAL MADRID La Liga  18/19 14 0 2 2 0
17/18 26 1 6 3 0
16/17 25 1 2 2 0
15/16 32 2 4 5 0
14/15 16 1 3 4 0
Champions League  18/19 3 0 0 0 0
17/18 11 1 0 2 0
16/17 11 0 0 2 0
15/16 12 1 0 0 0
14/15 6 0 0 0 0
UEFA Super Cup  2018 1 0 0 1 0
2017 1 0 0 0 0
2016 1 0 0 0 0
2014 1 0 0 0 0
Copa del Rey  17/18 2 0 0 0 0
16/17 2 0 0 0 0
Club World Cup  2017 2 0 1 0 0
2016 2 0 0 0 0
Supercopa de España 2017 1 0 0 0 0
2014 2 0 0 1 1
International Champions Cup  2017 3 0 0 0 0
2016 1 0 0 0 0
2015 3 0 0 0 0
Audi Cup 2015 2 0 0 0 0
CROATIA World Cup  2018 7 2 1 0 0
2014 3 0 0 0 0
2006 2 0 0 0
World Cup Qualifiers 16/17 10 1 0 0 0
UEFA EURO 2016 3 1 0 0 0
UEFA EURO Qualifiers 14/15 8 2 2 0 0
Totals 213 13 21 22 1

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Luka Modrić wins the 2018 Ballon d’Or


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Luka Modrić 2018 Ballon d’Or Winner

On Monday night, Croatia captain Luka Modrić won football’s most iconic individual award when he was named the winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or in Paris.

Published: 4th December 2018

The Real Madrid midfielder put an end the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo on the award for the past 10 years by winning the 63rd edition of Ballon d’Or.

Ronaldo finished in second place, 277 points behind Modrić with France’s Antoine Griezmann coming in third, 339 points behind the Croatian. Kylian Mbappe was fourth while Lionel Messi finished in 5th place.

After picking up his award he said, “It is a unique feeling. I am proud and honoured. I want to thank my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and those with the national team. I want to thank all those that voted for me and my family. My dream as a kid was to play for a big club and win trophies and this is a dream,”

He became the first Croatian to ever win the award, etching his name in history. The closest a Croatian ever came to the award was Davor Šuker who finished second in 1998 after being the top-scorer at the World Cup in France. He is also the first central midfielder to ever win the award.

Two other Croatians made the final Ballon d’Or classification. Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić was ranked 19th and Mario Mandžukić, who retired from international football after the World Cup, was ranked 25th.

So how exactly did the Ballon d’Or voting work?

After the selection of 30 players by France Football magazine, a jury of international journalists voted on the players they considered first, second and third. They mainly look at individual and collective performances throughout the year, player class, talent and fair play and an overall assessment of the footballer’s career.

The top-ranking player from each selection was awarded six points, second four points, then three, two and one. The total points are then calculated and the player with the highest total will be the winner of the Ballon d’Or.

Among Modric’s other 2018 achievements: 2018 World Cup Golden Ball, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Player of the Year, FIFA ‘Best’ Player of the Year and IFFHS Playmaker of the Year as well as runners-up medal at the World Cup.