Real Madrid During wartime
Luka Modric lived through some very difficult moments during his childhood, one of which was when his grandfather was killed during the Croatian war of independence.
That was a very tough blow for Modric and his family and the footballer has opened up on that loss.
“I had an amazing relationship with my grandfather because when my parents were at work I would stay with him,” Modric told Cadena Cope’s ‘El Partidazo’ programme on Monday night in a lengthy interview.
“It was very sad what happened and it left a mark as I was very young and he was a very important person to me.
“It affected me a lot as I was still young and I didn’t understand why things like this could happen.
“Things have been etched in my memory, things like when people went to look for him and I knew that they wouldn’t find him.
“It was a very sad situation for all of us, but we survived.
“We have great memories of him and it’s a shame that he didn’t see what I accomplished.
“But I hope he is looking down from above.”