He plays as an orthodox central midfielder for Croatia and is a genuine world class player. Vision, touch, composure and incisiveness, Modric has got it all. He is a hugely talented dead ball specialist too, though this isn’t demonstrated at club level due to the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Gareth Bale.

Under Carlo Ancelotti, Modric has added an industrious side to his game too. So not only is he silky smooth whilst in possession, he is terrier-like in his attempts to regain the ball.

Modric has that much sought ability to dictate the pace of the game to how he sees fit, accentuating the strengths of his team mates and allowing them to thrive in the process.

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