Fight to survive. If you have to choose a phrase to accompany your story, maybe Luka Modric He would have been identified with that. Protagonist of a difficult childhood, among bombs by the gun of the Balkans, and a tiny physicist who urged him of every important club that was presented as a kid, the new owner of the Golden Ball held his dream of being a football player.
One of the figures of Real Madrid three-time champion of the Champions League, Modrik could not reach the maximum goal in the World Cup in Russia, when his Croatian capitalized to France in the latest Moskovic. However, his simple and vertical game is not unrecognized and it was he who put an end to the rule of Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo. First to be chosen as the best in the World Cup, then with the prize The best Awarded by FIFA and now with the prestigious award France football.
"When you are a kid, you always have dreams, my is to play in a big club and win great trophies, the golden ball was all I could dream of a kid, it's a honor to win this award," said Morric To describe this unforgettable 2018. However, nothing was simple for this little Croatian giant.
On September 9, 1985, just before the outbreak of one of the bloodiest armed conflict after the Second World War, Rodojaka and Stipe, the mother and father of the real Madrid player, made The 60 kilometers that separated the city, the village located in the town of Zaton Obrovacki, from the Zadar Clinic So Luka was born.
The family's stay in that rural area did not last for a long time since 1991, as a result The dissolution of Yugoslavia and the birth of Croatia as a new nation, Began the war against Serbia that lasted for a decade, until 2001, and caused the death of some 200,000 people and the displacement of millions.
There was a Tragic event That caused the family of migration to escaped. "Luka saw with his own eyes as they killed his grandfather. In order not to be killed, they have no choice but to escape Zadar through the forests and mountains, "said Josip Bajoo, the sports director of the first club, NK Zadar.
Modrik, on the other hand, never wanted to talk to this. Though, in the last of France's preliminary, he could not avoid these questions. "I do not like to go back to the things, all that has happened, but of course a war has an influence. It has made Croatia a stronger country. But I do not want to discuss the past, we have to look for the future, "the captain asked.
Luca Modricus as a kid.
The death and burning of their house forced them to Rodajaka, stipe and A Luca of just six years To circle again the 60 kilometers that separated Zadar's moderation. His new home was a room in the Colovare Hotel, which was a republic center like so many other establishments in the area.
But then the pause and the mournful find a fix in a ball. In the parking lot of the hotel, Luka spent hour soccer, with other children or just alone. And it was that passion that ended his changing his life.
It happens that one of those days that saw him from one of the windows is the owner of the hotel, which is also a leader of the NC Zadar. He noticed the club and did not hesitate to open the doors. "We accept all the children so they are not locked up all day. Luca arrived as a very weak kid, "he recalled in Canal + documentary Tomislav Baic, the father of Modric.
The hotel, attached to the club's training center, has become the new family home. But soccer still did not appear as a salvation: The 500 grenades that fell daily reminded everyone that a war was happening.
In an isolated Zadar that spent two years without electricity or water, The main objective of this club was to children to live up to the situations Like a game. "When the alarms blew, we all ran to the shelter, the one who arrived first was the hero," said the Basic.
Luca Modricus as a kid.
Luka's conditions are undeniable and the small neighborhood club soon become too small. Modrik had a dream: playing in the team he was a fan of, the Hajjuk. Although they knew it would not be easy because of their physics, the Nuk leader helped eight-year-old Luka have a test. But the gift is not enough. They rejected him because he was short and very skinny. It was the first of many hits.
Supported by each of his Nooka coaches, who immediately realized that they had a great player in their club, Luca had the inferior there until, At age 16, Dynamo Zagreb, the biggest and most powerful club in Croatia, opted for him and signed him.
The NK Zadar Palace, the first Luca Modric Club. (Photo: AFP)
But the debut in Dynamo did not come; On the contrary, the first decision of the leader was Try it in the toughest league in the area: Bosnian. Modric went on loan to Zryjinski, in Mostar, for a year. He was debuted in the first with 17th he suffered kicks and brutality from a rugged football. But he stayed for a year and returned to Zagreb.
He thought that time was enough to say, but when he returned he found a new loan. This time, to play in the Croatian League for Inter Zaporizhe. There, the coach of the first made a deal with him: he promised ownership in the first ten games.
It is not wrong: in the sixth, Modrik received the call to sub 21 of Croatia with only 18 years. And, at the end of the first round of the championship, Inter Zapopik was crowned Winter Champion With six points of advantage over the powerful Dynamo, who then recovered Luka For the last leg of a championship, which finally won.
Modrik left behind the prejudices for his physical; His understanding of the game was the treasure he always cared for and the one he lived in at age 19 at the most powerful club in Croatia. The one in that league was The first of the five titles in three years of Luka, That the next year was chosen by the best player in Croatia.
"I can only say I never made myself"Commented on Russia's skill 1.72 meters. "I always believed that I could get here, thanks to God's fact. That is not a barrier, but an extra motivation for me. You do not need to be healthy to play football, "he stressed, in an example for those who just started.
For 2008, no one can deny that his future is in one of the big leagues. Finally, the English was her first stop. The Tottenham disbursed € 20 million to buy it And, four seasons later, The giant Real Madrid set the 30 million of his ride.
2020. Modric, in Tottenham, against Tevez, then in town. (AP photo / Tim Hales)
Since his arrival at the Merengue, he has won a lot in the Titular Team and He conquered everything he ever dreamed of as a kid: Four championships, three European super caps, three World Cups, one Spanish League, one Copa Del Ray and two Spanish super caps.
The last champions' championship. (Photo: EFE / EPA / SERGEY DOLZHENKO)
"I have a hard way in life, but the important thing is not to give up. There were obstacles, there are ups and downs, but you always have to believe in yourself. One has to fight against the problems to achieve success and achieve dreams. That's what we have to do, "he said.
He can not achieve the dream of being world champion with the jersey of his country, A land that is designated by war as Luka Modric. He will have to settle for the new king of football. Nothing less than the one that will go down in history as the one that has denied the rule of Messi and Ronaldo.