Before being an independent republic, Croatia already contributed many high-level athletes to the Yugoslav national team , where Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, Slovenes and Montenegrins came together to participate in brotherhood in the main world competitions. Yugoslavia was a powerhouse soccer , and also managed to go far in basketball. The beautiful game continued to be the most important when the country was fragmented, and the team that best knew how to take advantage of this new impulse was precisely the Croatian, thanks to a generation of players of the highest level such as Boban, Jarni or Davor Suker . That Croatia played its first World Cup in 1998, years after its official creation, and managed to reach the semi-finals of the tournament, demonstrating the potential of its players. Twenty years later, a new generation broke that milestone, reaching the final of the World Championship.
Although Croatia ended up losing the final of that World Cup against Mbappe’s France, the truth is that the national team gave a whole recital of good play, courage and quality. The captain of that team was, and continues to be, the Real Madrid player Luka Modric , a player who has been an absolute international for fourteen years and who continues to show that he has everything it takes to command a team. seemingly second-tier selection as Croatia at the top. The Madridista’s career is worthy of being analyzed and reviewed , since after passing only three teams he has won almost all the possible titles for a player. Modric is still a fundamental pillar at Real Madrid today and of course, also in the Croatian national team, and he did not arrive here by chance. If you want to know its history, keep reading, because it will surely surprise you.