When Tottenham Hotspur signed Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb for around £15.8million in the summer of 2008, the price suggested Spurs were signing a gem.
And so it proved, as the Croatian international – who had already scored 21 goals and provided 21 assists in 68 matches for his now-former club – grew into one of Tottenham’s most talented and influential players.
Modric took time to settle at White Hart Lane but any accusations that he was too lightweight for the Premier League were later put to bed and he would end up playing 160 times for Spurs, scoring 17 goals and providing 27 assists in the process.
There was so much more to his game than that, though, and he regularly bossed the midfield with his superb passing range and technique.
It still surprised many when Real Madrid came calling but his move to the Bernabeu was testament to his ability and he has featured 160 times for the Spanish club to date.
Modric will be remembered fondly for his time at the club, with former manager Harry Redknapp getting the best out of him and helping him win the club’s Player of the Year award prior to his exit.