Euro 2016's Top 50 Players: Number 9 Luka Modric

Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates victory at the end

Real Madrid's Luka Modric will feature for Croatia this summer.

Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates victory at the end

Luka Modric - Croatia - Will face Turkey, Czech Republic, Spain.

HITC Sport writers have compiled a list of the top 50 players at Euro 2016, assessing players from across the 24 countries taking part at this summer's tournament.

Coming in at number nine is Croatia and Real Madrid star Luka Modric, who helped the Spanish giants reach the Champions League final this season.

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International record: 89 Caps, 10 Goals.

2015/16: Modric has once again been a virtual mainstay of the Real Madrid side, and whilst his numbers don't look too impressive - three goals and five assists in all competitions - the Croatian metronome has again proving his ability as a pass master, freeing up the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to do their thing in front of goal.

With a Champions League final later this month, Modric can have the perfect end to the club season before heading into the European Championships, where Croatia will be a dark horse for many fans, largely thanks to Modric's playmaking abilities in midfield.

Barcelona's Sergio Busquets in action with Real Madrid's Luka Modric

What can we expect?

Croatia have been drawn in a tough group with Turkey, Czech Republic and Spain, meaning they face a tough task in reaching the knockout stages - but Modric will be key to their chances. Alongside another talented La Liga midfielder in Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have two of the top midfielders in the competition, and manager Ante Cacic will be relying heavily on both players.

Much like at club level, Modric isn't much of a goalscorer for his country, but he will be required to create chances for the likes of Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic and Nikola Kalinic in the final third as Croatia look to spring a surprise and reach the latter stages.

Which Premier League clubs would he suit?

It's almost four years since Modric left Tottenham for Real Madrid, and at this stage in his career, the 31-year-old looks unlikely to return to the Premier League any time soon. Spurs fans would love to see the diminutive midfielder back at White Hart Lane, whilst a number of teams in search of central midfielders - such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United - would also love to sign Modric, but he appears to be settled in the Spanish capital, and looks set to stay no matter how he performs at Euro 2016.  Chelsea attempted to buy him in 2011 but Tottenham refused to sell to their London rivals.

Should Luka Modric be higher on this list? Should he be on it at all?

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