Five things you didn’t know about Ballon d’Or winner Modric


In Summary

  • He was caught up in the “Croatian War of Independence” in 1991 when he was six years old.
  • His grandfather was murdered in cold blood by the local Croatian Serb rebels when attending to the cattle.
  • The family fled the area to stay as refugees in a large hotel in Zadar.

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or on Monday to end a 10-year stranglehold on the award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Modric was announced as the winner of the prestigious prize in Paris ahead of Ronaldo and French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann.

Here are five things you may not know about the 33-year-old midfielder.

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