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3. Luka Modrić

Luka Modrić is a 36-year-old Croatian professional soccer player currently playing as a midfielder for Spanish club, Real Madrid, and the Croatia national team.

Nineteen years ago, he joined Dinamo Zagreb at the age of 16. He continued his soccer in Zagreb for several years before he was signed to Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, where he led Spurs to their first UEFA Champions League appearance in almost 50 years, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2011 tournament.

Nine years ago, Modrić joined the Spanish club, Real Madrid. With Real Madrid, he has so far won seventeen major trophies, including four UEFA Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and three FIFA Club World Cup titles. He won the La Liga Award for Best Midfielder five years ago for the second time, and the UEFA Club Football Award for Best Midfielder in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Six years ago, he made history by becoming the first Croatian player to be included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.

Modrić made his first international soccer appearance for Croatia against Argentina in 2006 and scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Italy. Modrić has anchored Croatia's second Golden Generation, appearing in every major competition Croatia has qualified for, including the UEFA European Championship in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020, as well as the FIFA World Cup in 2006, 2014, and 2018 respectively. At Euro 2008, he was selected for the Team of the Tournament, becoming only the second Croatian to ever achieve this honour. Following group stage eliminations in his first two World Cups, Modrić led Croatia to the 2018 World Cup Final, and he received the Golden Ball award for best player of the tournament. Six months ago, became the Croatian most capped football in history. Furthermore, he has been named Croatian Footballer of the Year a record nine times between 2007 and 2020.

Widely regarded as one of the best European footballers of all time, Modrić was three years ago awarded the UEFA Men's Player of the Year and the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the awards in more than a decade. In 2019, he was awarded the Golden Foot award for career results and personality.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional football player who presently plays as a forward for Premier League club, Manchester United, and captains the Portugal national team.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest European footballers of all time, Ronaldo has won five FIFA Ballon d'Or awards and four European Golden Shoes, the highest awards by a European player. During his professional football career, he has won 32 trophies such as seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship and one UEFA Nations League.

1. Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Yazid Zidane is a 49-year-old French football manager and former professional football player who last played for Real Madrid and the France national team as an attacking midfielder.

Widely regarded as the greatest European footballer of all time, Zidane was an elite playmaker famous for his elegance, vision, passing, ball control, and technique. He has won several personal awards as a player, including being named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and winning the 1998 FIFA Ballon d'Or.

During his professional football career with Real Madrid, Zidane won various trophies, including a La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League.

Capped 108 times by France, Zidane won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice in the final, and was named to the All-Star Team. This triumph made him a national hero in France, and he received the Legion of Honour in 1998. He won UEFA Euro 2000, and was named Player of the Tournament. He also received the Golden Ball for Player of the Tournament at the 2006 World Cup. He retired from football as the fourth-most capped player in French history. Seventeen years ago, he was named in the Pelé's FIFA list of 100 world's greatest living players, and in the same year was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. Zidane is one of eight players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d'Or.

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