Luka Modric

Kovacic at the heart of Croatia's bid for more glory

If surprise 2018 runners-up Croatia take the World Cup by storm again in Qatar, in the thick of it this time will probably be Mateo Kovacic, one of the beating hearts of their midfield.

November 20, 2022
November 20, 2022

A riveting ride to Qatar

After winning the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010, it quickly became clear that Qatar would have to pull a rabbit out of its hat to successfully stage football’s showpiece event. The largest concern at the time was whether players could even perform in the searing summer as the Mi

November 4, 2022
November 4, 2022

Kovacic at the heart of Croatia's bid for more glory

If surprise 2018 runners-up Croatia take the World Cup by storm again in Qatar, in the thick of it this time will probably be Mateo Kovacic, one of the beating hearts of their midfield.

October 25, 2022
October 25, 2022

Real lose Benzema, Modric for Leipzig match

Real Madrid will be without this year's Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema and the 2018 victor Luka Modric for this week's Champions League tie in Leipzig, coach Carlo Ancelotti said at a Monday press conference.

August 21, 2022
August 21, 2022

Ancelotti hails 'immortal' Modric

Carlo Ancelotti described Luka Modric as "immortal" after his outstanding display in Real Madrid's 4-1 LaLiga win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.

August 21, 2022
August 21, 2022

Modric pulls the strings as Real breeze past Celta 

Modric pulls the strings as Real breeze past Celta Champions Real Madrid got their second consecutive win of the new LaLiga season with a comfortable 4-1 victory at Celta Vigo on Saturday.

August 20, 2022
August 20, 2022

Kroos, Modric bid adieu to Casemiro with emotional letters

As Casemiro leaves for ‘a new challenge’, both Kroos and Modric left him emotional letters, published by Spanish national daily sports newspaper Marca. Both letters are shared here for the readers of The Daily Star:

June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022

Modric extends contract with Real Madrid until 2023

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has signed a one-year contract extension with Real Madrid and will stay at the European champions at least until June 2023, the club announced on Wednesday.

May 27, 2022
May 27, 2022

Real have more experience but no favourite in final, says Modric

Real Madrid are confident going into the Champions League final against Liverpool and will count on their big-game experience but there is no firm favourite in Paris, according to midfielder Luka Modric.

December 4, 2018
December 4, 2018

Modric wins Ballon d'Or

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the prestigious award.

September 26, 2018
September 26, 2018

End of Ronaldo-Messi reign

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards by being crowned FIFA's best player of the year on Monday.