What I remember of Modric's early days is that he was benched for Niko Kranjcar at the 2006 WC and the manager (who was the father of Niko I believe) was heavilty criticised for the decision as 'the country's biggest talent since "x" should be playing' instead (i.e. Modric). Modric was always considered a sensational talent and was sold to Spurs for a substantial amount at the time (they beat other big clubs for his signatures, it was at least a big surprise he went to Spurs). Maybe someone from Croatia can elaborate on this? Modric had a bit of a slow start at Spurs, but showed his qualities in the next years. What I also remember is that I thought "what the hell are they talking about?", as Niko Krancjar was superb at the World Cup and looked like a very, very good player at 21 I believe. Anyway, this was a bit of a side-discussion. Not going to compare Modric and Zidane.