Why Famous: Widely regarded as one of the great midfielders of his generation, Modrić plays for Real Madrid and captains the Croatian national team. With the latter, he took Croatia to the 2018 Fifa World Cup Final, their first, though they lost to France. Modrić was awarded the Golden Ball for the most valuable player of the tournament.
In 2012 Modrić joined Real Madrid for a £30 million transfer fee, having previously set the club transfer fee in 2008 of £16.5 million when he moved to Tottenham Hotspur. He made his international debut against Argentina in 2006. Known for his adept tactics and strategy, he has won numerous Best Midfielder awards during his career.
- 2018-09-24 Real Madrid midfielder & Croatian World Cup captain Luka Modrić is named world's best male player at the FIFA Awards in London; Brazil & Orlando Pride forward Marta best female player; France's Didier Deschamps best men's coach
- 2018-12-03 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić wins; first time since 2007 that either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't win award; Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg is inaugural women's winner