The Croatian midfielder Luka Modric turns 35 today, and he is about to start his ninth season in Madrid. He was born on September 9, 1985. Thus he is celebrating his 35th birthday today.
The Croatian captain is still strong to continue his career. The upcoming season will be a significant season for Modric, who is set to play a key role once again for Zidane’s team. Last season was his most productive since he arrived in the Spanish capital in 2012.
In the previous 2019-20 season he scored 5 goals, despite possessing a good shot from outside of the area and his constant presence in and around the box, Modric has never been a great goal scorer during his time in Madrid- he only managed four goals in both of the two previous seasons.
Under Zidane, he has almost always surpassed 3,000 minutes, but last season, the coach spotted an opportunity to bring Fede Valverde into the side and reserve Modric for moments when he would be most needed. Modric played a key part in the team clinching LaLiga, although Madrid showed that they are able to cope without him – he didn’t start either of the two Clásicos for instance.
Modric’s future with Madrid was on due to expire in 2020 but after winning the Ballon d’Or in January 2019, a clause was activated to extend his working relationship with Madrid by another year, until 2021. In August 2018, Inter Milan tried to sign him on a free transfer but the move was blocked by Florentino Pérez.
When the current season concludes, there could be the possibility of an extra year if both parties agree. Modric knows that both Zidane and the president value him. Eight years and 17 trophies after arriving, Modric is looking as youthful as ever.
As today it’s his birthday he is getting a lot of wishes from fans and other celebrities.