In the birthplace of Luka Modrić, at the foot of Velebit in Zaton Obrovački, Croatia, there once stood a small house that was set on fire during the war by a Serbian aggressor. Today, it is a ruin that has become a tourist sensation, drawing visitors from all over the world who want to see where one of the greatest football players of our time grew up.
Recently, an unusual request came in from Azerbaijan to visit Luka Modrić’s birthplace. Three Chinese women arrived in Croatia to watch Modrić and the “fiery” against Armenia, and decided to visit his birthplace thinking it would be a museum or something similar. However, they were met with an ordinary ruin.
The owner of a Zadar travel agency named “Dalma Travel,” Teo Kanjer, told Slobodna Dalmacija that he was afraid that the women wouldn’t explore much because of the mines in the area. But seeing their enthusiasm, he decided to take them through the Stanovi Stadium where Luka started his football journey. Unfortunately, they were met with a padlock and had to paint through bars to enter.
Despite this obstacle, one of them recognized a place from Modrić’s biography – an old parking lot known as “Iž” hotel where Luka spent his exile days as a boy in Zadar. The visitors were thrilled by this discovery and continued their tour despite the challenges they faced.