Raised in the Austrian city of Linz, Mateo Kovacic is one of the most talented young Croatian players and, according to Luka Modric, potentially a future star in world football.
At 16 years old, the boy wonder scored his first goal in the Croatian top flight and a year later also found the net in the Champions League. He played in all three of Croatia’s games at Brazil 2014 and by 21 had secured a move to Real Madrid.
Kovacic regularly shows off his consummate passing ability and excellent vision, prompting Giovanni Trapattoni to call him a "mixture of Kaka and Seedorf". Pundits are speculating whether Zlatko Dalic will be able to find the best position for Mateo at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and if he can dovetail effectively with Modric.