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    Heartbreak for Croatia and their legend Luka Modric as his international career comes to a painful end


    Croatia's farewell tour ends in agony as Modric's career concludes on a sour note

    The legendary Luka Modric has carried Croatia to unprecedented heights in football over the past decade. But his glorious career appears to have come to a painful conclusion, as the 2018 Cup finalists were knocked out of Euro 2024 following a heartbreaking late draw against Italy.

    At 38, Modric showed he still had magic left in his boots by scoring what seemed like a crucial goal. But it was not enough to prevent Croatia's elimination, in a result that highlighted the team's transition away from the golden generation led by their talismanic captain.

    Down but not out after a Modric penalty save, the veteran midfielder put his side ahead with a poacher's finish only minutes later. The goal saw him break the record as the oldest goalscorer in European Championship history. But it was all for naught as an uncharacteristic defensive lapse allowed Italy to equalize in stoppage time through substitute Mattia Zaccagni.

    The draw meant Croatia had secured just two points from their three group games. Modric, who played every minute of his country's fixtures in their memorable World Cup run just two years ago, was substituted in the final ten minutes. Visibly emotional after the final whistle, the midfielder's international career has in all likelihood come to an end, wrapping up over a decade and half of service to his nation.

    Under Modric's influence, tiny Croatia had defied all odds before and marched to the World Cup final in 2018. However, the team is now in transition, and struggled to match that intensity and energy in Germany, highlighting their reliance on the exceptional talents and leadership of their aging captain. Modric may have written his name in Croatian football folklore, but despite his best efforts, their Euro dream evaporates at the group stage.

    It was a devastating conclusion to what has been an extraordinary international career. Modric stands among the modern greats for what he achieved with Croatia against all expectations. While the final chapter wasn't meant to be, his legacy and immense contributions to Croatian football will remain engrained for generations.

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