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Croatia's Luka Modric scores his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 group D match between Scotland and Croatia at the Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow..(AP)

Euro 2020: Luka Modric's wonder goal against Scotland- WATCH

UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2021 07:11 AM IST
  • Luka Modric, the Croatia veteran, scored a sensational goal from outside the box during their Euro 2020 game against Scotland in Hampden.
Luka Modric of Croatia celebrates with players after scoring a world-class goal against Scotland in their Euro 2020 game.(AP)
Luka Modric of Croatia celebrates with players after scoring a world-class goal against Scotland in their Euro 2020 game.(AP)

Euro 2020: Croatia advances to Round of 16 with Modrić leading the way

AP |
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2021 02:44 AM IST
  • Croatia captain Luka Modrić lurked on the edge of the area, waiting for the ball to come to him before stroking it into the top corner with the outside of his boot.
Atalanta's Robin Gosens fights for the ball against Real Madrid's Luka Modric during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg soccer match between Atalanta and Real Madrid at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, March 16, 2021.(AP)
Atalanta's Robin Gosens fights for the ball against Real Madrid's Luka Modric during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg soccer match between Atalanta and Real Madrid at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, March 16, 2021.(AP)

Modric doesn't look 35 on the pitch, says Zidane

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 08:33 AM IST
"We all know the player Modric is, he may be 35 but he sure doesn't look it out on the pitch," Zidane told reporters after his side made it to the last eight of Europe's top competition for the first time since 2018.
Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez, third left, celebrates his goal and third of his team with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Eibar and Real Madrid, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)(AP)
Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez, third left, celebrates his goal and third of his team with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Eibar and Real Madrid, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)(AP)

Benzema brilliance helps Real Madrid win fifth game in a row

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:09 AM IST
The win means second-placed Real Madrid join leaders Atletico Madrid on 29 points, although Atletico have two games in hand.
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Lewandowski facing Messi, Ronaldo for FIFA best player award

ZURICH | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 10:11 PM IST
Lewandowski could become only the second player — after Luka Modric in 2018 — to deny Messi or Ronaldo since their run of FIFA domination started in 2008. Messi has won the award six times while Ronaldo has won it five times.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - Croatia Training - HNK Rijeka Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia - October 11, 2018 Croatia's Ivan Rakitic during training Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/File Photo(Action Images via Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - Croatia Training - HNK Rijeka Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia - October 11, 2018 Croatia's Ivan Rakitic during training Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/File Photo(Action Images via Reuters)

Ivan Rakitic ends international career with Croatia

ZAGREB | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 08:46 PM IST
Saying goodbye to the Croatian national team is the most difficult decision in my career,” Rakitic said in a federation statement.
File photo of Luka Modric.(Reuters)
File photo of Luka Modric.(Reuters)

Luka Modric, Neymar miss out on Ballon D’Or shortlist, Megan Rapinoe included

Paris | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 11:38 AM IST
The world’s most expensive player, Neymar, missed out as France Football unveiled the nominees on Monday. Rapinoe dominated the Women’s World Cup, on and off the field, in the summer.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane(REUTERS)
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane(REUTERS)

Zinedine Zidane shelves league intentions as Madrid shift focus to Europe

Madrid | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2019 07:59 AM IST
Some of the adjustments were enforced as Eden Hazard was absent following the birth of his fourth child on Friday while Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were all nursing injuries of varying severity.
Real Madrid's Luka Modric(REUTERS)
Real Madrid's Luka Modric(REUTERS)

Modric thigh problem adds to Real Madrid injury crisis

Madrid | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 12:00 AM IST
Modric’s injury takes Madrid’s list of injured players up to eight ahead of Saturday’s game at home to Levante, while Gareth Bale is also suspended after getting sent off in last week’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus and Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (L to R).(UEFA via Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus and Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (L to R).(UEFA via Getty Images)

FIFA 20 ratings: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo - Find out who clinched the top rank in leaked list

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 08:18 PM IST
Last year, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were given the same 94/100 rating but this time, the game developers have decided to change it up.
Real Madrid's Luka Modric, centre left is consoled by Gareth Bale.(AP)
Real Madrid's Luka Modric, centre left is consoled by Gareth Bale.(AP)

La Liga 2019: Toni Kroos piledriver helps Real Madrid win against Celta but Luka Modric sees red

Madrid | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 11:45 PM IST
Karim Benzema put Madrid ahead in the 12th minute after a superb piece of wing play from Gareth Bale, who had earned a surprise starting berth due to injury to Eden Hazard after a close season period of uncertainty over his future.
Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane gestures during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 5, 2019(AFP)
Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane gestures during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 5, 2019(AFP)

‘We’re not throwing flowers into the air, we did the job’ - Zidane

Madrid | By AFP
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2019 11:04 AM IST
An angry Zidane questioned the attitude of his players after last week’s 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano and reacted by making more changes, with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale not even included in the squad.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reacts during their match against Celta Vigo on Saturday.(REUTERS)
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reacts during their match against Celta Vigo on Saturday.(REUTERS)

La Liga: Isco and Gareth Bale get Zinedine Zidane’s second coming at Real Madrid off to winning start

Madrid | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2019 09:19 AM IST
Spain midfielder Isco was handed his first start in the league since October by returning hero Zidane and broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute by tapping in a low cross from Karim Benzema at close ra
Real Madrid's Luka Modric, right, celebrates his goal with his teammate Casemiro.(AP)
Real Madrid's Luka Modric, right, celebrates his goal with his teammate Casemiro.(AP)

Real Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0, returns to top 3 in La Liga

Madrid | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2019 11:47 PM IST
The win moved the side back into the top three for the first time since September and eased the pressure on coach Santiago Solari as Madrid continues to struggle with consistency.
File image of Luka Modric.(AFP)
File image of Luka Modric.(AFP)

Luka Modric beats Novak Djokovic to win Balkan athlete of year

Sofia | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2018 05:18 PM IST
Ballon d’Or winner Modric won the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with his Spanish club Real Madrid as well as being instrumental in helping Croatia reach the World Cup final in Russia.
Real Madrid's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the FIFA Club World Cup final against Abu Dhabi's Al Ain.(AFP)
Real Madrid's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the FIFA Club World Cup final against Abu Dhabi's Al Ain.(AFP)

Real Madrid ease past Al Ain for fourth Club World Cup title

Abu Dhabi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2018 09:15 AM IST
Recently crowned Ballon d’Or winner Modric took one touch before thumping the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box to break the deadlock in the 14th minute after Al Ain had missed two early chances to take a shock lead.
Luka Modric won his first Ballon d’Or in 2018.(REUTERS)
Luka Modric won his first Ballon d’Or in 2018.(REUTERS)

Luka Modric, Novak Djokovic among 20 dominant athletes of 2018

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 05:05 PM IST
The list is compiled based on an athletes’ strongest performance in 2018 compared with their peers’ over a 20 year period.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol against FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium.(AFP)
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol against FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium.(AFP)

Lionel Messi says Ballon d’Or snub was no extra motivation against Espanyol

Madrid | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2018 09:45 AM IST
The Argentine forward scored two masterful free kicks and created a goal for Ousmane Dembele among highlights in a bewitching individual display.
2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year's Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (C) pose with his parents after the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 3, 2018(AFP)
2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year's Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (C) pose with his parents after the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 3, 2018(AFP)

Luka Modric rewarded for ‘wonderful year’, says Solari

Madrid | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2018 09:47 PM IST
The 33-year-old Modric won a third straight Champions League title with Real and was the driving force in a Croatia team that reached the World Cup final.
File image of Lionel Messi.O(REUTERS)
File image of Lionel Messi.O(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi’s fifth place in Ballon d’Or absurd: Barca coach

Madrid | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2018 11:20 AM IST
Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric took the prize on Monday in Paris after winning the Champions League and being named player of the tournament at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year's Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric poses with the trophy after the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.(AFP)
2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year's Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric poses with the trophy after the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.(AFP)

Luka Modric, from Croatian war child to Ballon d’Or winner

Paris | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 04:43 PM IST
A national hero in his home country and crowned the best player on the planet, Luka Modric was rewarded for his key role in Croatia’s historic run to the World Cup final and his club Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League trophy.
Real Madrid's Luka Modric with the Ballon d'Or award.(REUTERS)
Real Madrid's Luka Modric with the Ballon d'Or award.(REUTERS)

Five players who can emulate Luka Modric in denying Messi and Ronaldo the Ballon d’or

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 01:53 PM IST
Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had both won it five times each in the last 10 years. Here Hindustan Times looks at five players who could be vying for the Ballon d’Or over the next decade.
Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) is congratulated by Former French footballer and host David Ginola after receiving the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.(AFP)
Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) is congratulated by Former French footballer and host David Ginola after receiving the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.(AFP)

Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid

Paris | By Omnisport
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 11:56 AM IST
Real Madrid star Luka Modric wants to see out his career at the Santiago Bernabeu amid links with Inter.
Luka Modric with the Ballon d'Or award.(REUTERS)
Luka Modric with the Ballon d'Or award.(REUTERS)

Modric sees off French stars to end Messi, Ronaldo grip on Ballon d’Or

Paris | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 08:33 AM IST
Modric, 33, was announced as the winner of the prestigious prize in a glitzy ceremony held in Paris. Ronaldo was second, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann completing the podium.
File picture of Luka Modric(REUTERS)
File picture of Luka Modric(REUTERS)

Croatia court drops Luka Modric perjury charges

Zagreb | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2018 09:20 PM IST
The ruling, which closes the case, comes as Modric is hoping to be awarded the 2018 Ballon d’Or in Paris on Monday for taking his team to the 2018 World Cup finals in Moscow.
FIFA Ballon d’or 2018: File image of Luka Modric.(REUTERS)
FIFA Ballon d’or 2018: File image of Luka Modric.(REUTERS)

FIFA Ballon d’or 2018 – When and Where to Watch, Time in IST, Live Coverage on TV and Online

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2018 02:53 PM IST
FIFA Ballon d’Or 2018 award: Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for the last decade, but the expectation is that a new name will be read out as this year’s winner.
File image of Luka Modric.(REUTERS)
File image of Luka Modric.(REUTERS)

Modric tipped to pip French stars to Ballon d’Or and end Ronaldo and Messi era

Agence France-Presse | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2018 09:00 AM IST
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for the last decade, claiming it five times each, but the expectation is that a new name will be read out as this year’s winner.
File image of Real Madrid player Luka Modric.(AP)
File image of Real Madrid player Luka Modric.(AP)

Madrid head to Moscow with fewer stars and bigger plans for future

Madrid | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2018 12:39 PM IST
For the first time in his six seasons at Madrid, Modric will line up for a Champions League tie without Cristiano Ronaldo, who was sold, or Gareth Bale, who is injured.
FILE PHOTO: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo at Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo at Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy(REUTERS)

Let’s not lie, my goal was better than Mohamed Salah’s: Cristiano Ronaldo

London | By AFP
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2018 07:27 PM IST
The 33-year-old Portuguese star lost out to former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric for the FIFA best player award and to Liverpool’s Salah for the Puskas Award for the best goal.
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, and coach Ernesto Valverde ahead of the Joan Gamper trophy friendly match.(AP)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, and coach Ernesto Valverde ahead of the Joan Gamper trophy friendly match.(AP)

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi the best despite Luka Modric award

Madrid | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 10:53 PM IST
Luka Modric was named the best player of 2018 which Lionel Messi did not attend having not made the shortlist, which was completed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
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