- Luka Modric's rise to stardom is something worthy of note
- The Croatian captain lived in a war-thorn environment growing up
- He was told as a kid he could not become a star because he was shy
- The 33-year-old has qualified his country into the World Cup finals
Luka Modric's life was rocked to the core since he was six years old. After his grandfather was shot dead by ethnic Serb rebels close to his home he was made a refugee. It was an experience he would never forget.
Along the line, Modric grew up to the sound of grenades exploding as conflict went on and on.
He eventually fled his country after his house was burned down but despite the troubles in his life, football was the only means of escape for Modric.
Modric later moved into a hotel in the coastal town of Zadar, a place that was still dominated with conflict but that did not stop him from perusing his dream.
A spokesman for the Kolovare Hotel, where he lived as a youngster, once said via The Daily Mail: "He had broken more glass on the hotel windows than what the bombs had hit. He was playing non-stop football all around the hotel halls."
In his footballing days as a young boy, coaches said he was too weak and too shy to play but today his career fledged into something rather special.
Luka Modric led Croatia to their first ever World Cup final On Wednesday July, 12, as he proved those who doubted his capabilities as a kid wrong.
A couple of man of the match performances have steered his country all the way to the World Cup finals where they will face France.
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Modric's remarkable journey to the finals have written a new chapter in his life and have put his name in the history books of Croatia.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh had earlier reported that Croatia defeated England by 2-1 in the semi finals at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Kieran Trippier scored from a set piece in the fifth minute while Ivan Perisic drew Croatia level in the 67th minute.
Mario Mandzukic scored the winner in the second half of extra time after sloppy defending from the young English defenders.
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