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Club: Real Madrid
Position: Central midfield
International debut: March 2006 v Argentina
The Croatia international may not be so instantly recognisable now after recently having his flowing blond locks cut off; however, it should not be too hard to spot the ball-playing midfielder at the Arena Corinthians on Thursday.
Just keep your eye out for the little magician sitting deep in front of his country's back four when they take on hosts Brazil in their opening Group A clash in Sao Paulo.
This is the new position Modric now occupies following an outstanding club season with Real Madrid, easily the best to date of the player's 11-year professional career.
The 28-year-old, who will have the all-action Ivan Rakitic alongside him in the middle of the park in one of the most eye-catching central-midfield partnerships on display in the tournament, is already one of the best players in his position in the world according to Slaven Bilic.
The former Croatia coach told the Daily Mirror:
OK, so I'm not objective when I talk about him. But he is, for me, one of the best midfielders in the world.
Luka is in the same category as Xavi was a few years ago with Barcelona or Andrea Pirlo has been for Italy.
All the players around him gain from his game. He makes them 10 to 20 per cent better than they actually are. And you’'l see this at the World Cup.
And if the underdogs are to create an upset against the five-time world champions, then you feel it will be the diminutive playmaker pulling the strings for the tiny Balkan nation.