Rights offering detail :
THE REAL DEAL. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LUKA MODRIC
July 16, 2019
Author:
Luka Modric and Robert Matteoni
Category:
Non-fiction: Sports
Description:
Luka Modric currently holds the title of the best footballer in the world. Key player for Real Madrid and captain of the Croatian national team, Luka weaved an extraordinary story of success. After leading his small country to the World Cup finals and the silver medal, Luka became the only player in history to win all big four golden awards in a single year. A player whose path from a refugee childhood to the top of the football world was paved with continuous doubt and mistrust, the trophies he won with Real and finally with his national team prevailed to write down this humble guy’s name in the pantheon of winners. This is his own story, his straightforward and honest words revealing the power of mind and heart of those turning dreams into reality, despite all odds.

In 2018, Luka made football history when he won all four top honours for world’s best player, becoming the first to receive them all in a single year: World Cup Golden Ball, The Best FIFA Men's Player award, UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award and Ballon d’Or. This Croatian player brought his small country to the World Cup finals and is a crucial midfielder for Real Madrid, the club in which he won numerous Champions Leagues and other trophies, rightfully earning the title of the best. But his rise to fame did not come easy.

The autobiography, which Luka is currently writing with his close friend and esteemed sports journalist Robert Matteoni, covers Luka’s whole life: from his war-stricken childhood during the nineties in the Croatian War of Independence to the peak of his career – winning the Golden Ball for the best player in the World Cup. This is his own story, his straightforward and honest words revealing the power of mind and heart of those turning dreams into reality. His football path will be completed with his view of the key events and relationships that made him who he is today, containing exclusive photographic material from Luka’s personal archive.

A player beloved by millions, Luka is known as a very reserved person avoiding the spotlight, and this book is the first time he opens up to tell his story. Written in Luka’s own voice, his book is aimed at a wide readership that goes beyond avid football fans: as a story about a refugee child reaching the top of the world, it is a literary, universal and dramatic tale of perseverance and success.
Rights available:
World Rights (except territories sold)
Rights sold:
UK & Commonwealth - Bloomsbury; France - Talent Sport; Hungary – Muvelt Nep; Italy – Sperling & Kupfer; Japan – Toho Shuppan; The Netherlands – Kosmos Uitgevers; Poland - Znak; Czech Republic - Nakladatelstvi Prah
Other Information:
Available material: book proposal, long synopsis and sample English translation.
Expected length: 80.000 words.
To be published in Autumn 2019.
Contact:
Diana Matulic
Corto Literary
diana@cortoliterary.com
Offering #:
15409
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