Luka Modrić in action against Cyprus (Photo:Igor Kralj/PIXSELL) Luka Modrić in action against Cyprus (Photo:Igor Kralj/PIXSELL)

Modrić broke the record previously held by Darijo Srna. The Real Madrid midfielder started against Cyprus in Rijeka on Saturday for a 2022 World Cup qualifier. Modrić made his debut for the national team in 2006. He has since become one of Croatia's greatest players of all time. He has been national team captain since Srna retired from international football in 2016 and has scored 16 goals for Croatia.