When the ‘new Modric’ was Luka’s companion

Despite sharing a group with France, Denmark and Austria, the Croatian team, with one game remaining in the qualifying phase of League A in the UEFA Nations League, is leader of Group 1 with 10 points. And good fault of it is Lovro Majer, who some already nickname as the ‘new Modric’. The 24-year-old Croatian midfielder, who has been at the Stade Rennais in the French league for two seasons, scored Croatia’s winning goal against Denmark in the fifth game of the group stage. After 79 minutes, after a great combination play by the Croats, the former Dinamo Zagreb player once again put his team ahead, who had seen Christian Eriksen equalize Borna Sosa’s opening goal in the 77th minute. Lovro Majer, who had barely been on the pitch for two minutes when he scored Croatia’s second and final goal in the match, coincided on the pitch with Luka Modric. A relationship, that of Croatia’s ’10’ and ‘7’, that goes beyond the team trained by Zlatko Dalic.

Back in 2008, the current Real Madrid midfielder faced what would be his last season with Dinamo Zagreb after four seasons in the first team. And it is that in the summer of that same year, Luka Modric would set course for Tottenham. It was then that, in one of the matches that the capital team played against Hajduk Split, the paths of Lovro Majer and Luka Modric crossed. The current Stade Rennais player was the madridista’s companion when he jumped onto the pitch. Years after being Luka’s ‘pet boy’, in the 2018/2019 season, the young Croatian midfielder would make his corresponding debut with Dinamo Zagreb –and where he also played for four seasons–, but what Lovro Majer did not know is that he would come to share a team on a pitch with the Croatian captain.

Luka Modric, accompanied by Lovro Majer, during his time as a Dinamo Zagreb player.

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Luka Modric, accompanied by Lovro Majer, during his time as a Dinamo Zagreb player.

After debuting with the senior Croatian team in 2017, in a friendly match against Mexico whose result fell on the Croats’ side (1-2), Lovro Majer played alongside Luka Modric for the first time in 2021, in a match corresponding to the qualifying phase for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. A year later, there are already five occasions in which the ’10’ of Croatia and one of his possible ‘heirs’ have shared minutes on the green. All, with the exception of a friendly match against Slovenia, from the group stage of this edition of the UEFA Nations League. His first season in Ligue 1, in which he scored 6 goals and distributed 9 assists, has not gone unnoticed by the Croatian coach, who has the Stade Rennais player as one of the usual midfielders in his last calls, but not for many of the great teams of Europe. And it is that the name of Lovro Majer is already present in many agendas for the next transfer market, such as those of FC Barcelona or Atlético de Madrid.

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