Friday evening’s clash with Finland was an incredibly important occasion for Luka Modric, the Real Madrid midfielder celebrated reaching 100 matches with the Croatian national team.
Within the century of international matches, Modric has scored 11 goals and contributed 16 assists, but much more than statistics, he has been the heartbeat of the team since 2008.
His achievement was recognised by the Croatian FA with a commemorative shirt presented to the former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker by iconic forward Davor Suker prior to kick-off.
The shirt was printed with gold lettering and included his name and the No. 100 on the back.
The achievement sees the 32-year-old equal Dario Simic in terms of international appearances and it is likely he will surpass the now retired veteran.