Place of Birth: Zadar, SFR Yugoslavia (Croatia)
Date of Birth: 9 September, 1985
Luka Modrić is a Croatian footballer. He plays for Real Madrid and the Croatia national team. He won the Ballon d’Or 2018.
Luka is the oldest child of Stipe Modrić and Radojka Jasminka. He was raised in the hamlet of Modrići near Zaton Obrovački, a village close to Zadar in SR Croatia, then a republic within Yugoslavia.
Luka’s childhood coincided with the Croatian War of Independence. In 1991, when the war escalated, his family were forced to flee the area. His father joined the Croatian Army. Luka’s grandfather, also named Luka, and six other elderly civilians, were executed by Croatian Serb rebels in December 1991 in the village of Jesenice.
Luka is married to Vanja Bosnić, with whom he has three children.
Luka’s paternal grandfather was named Luka Modric.
Source: Genealogy of Luka Modrić (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
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