Top-tier footballers may lead a celebrity lifestyle, with every aspect of their daily lives exposed to the public, but specific areas of their careers nonetheless remain hidden beneath the bumper wages and eye-catching boot designs. From the detail behind their small beginnings to their taste in music or art, footballers still embed humanity and personality that we sometimes fail to notice.
Modric has had an especially fascinating life so far which has led to the 31-year-old now living his dream by playing at the heart of the Real Madrid midfield. The Croatian is a notable name in his home nation and few players personify the rags-to-riches tale more than the ex-Tottenham man. Here are six facts you did not know about the Croatian international.
1. He was born in the village of ‘Modrici’
Plural for ‘Modric,’ this is indeed the village where one of Croatia’s most exceptional talents grew up and first put on a pair of boots. The house where Modric lived as a child lays along a stretch of narrow, winding road leading up to the Velebit mountain range.
The area which is remote and secluded is rooted in dark history. Just over twenty years ago, the village was renowned for some obscene war crimes, and it’s thought that landmines can still be found there today.
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