The 17-year-old, already the youngest captain in the top leagues of European football, will join Bayern Munich.
In 2022, Croatia will usher in another World Cup competition, as the last runner-up, their team has changed a lot.
Rakitic, Mandzukic and Subasic are no longer in the national team, the remaining Modric, Perisic and Kovacic have become veterans, and the croatian national team is facing a transition period of replacement between old and new.
At present, Dinamo Zagreb has attracted a large part of the attention of the outside world, and the most successful club in Croatia is continuously sending talents to the national team through the youth training system.
Young players such as Gwadior, Brecarlo and Sousa will gradually become the mainstay of the national team. For now, though, Croatia's talent is no longer limited to a team in Dynamo.
In fact, Croatia's most high-profile talented players at the moment come from Slavinbrubo, Lovro Zvonarek. This player, most likely, will not set foot on the court of his parent team again.
In September 2021, Bayern Munich announced the signing of Lovro Zvonarek, with the Bundesliga giant agreeing to take the young talent away in the summer of 2022 for up to €2 million (£1.7 million).
Bayern Munich are certainly pleased with Zvonarek's first senior league season and he became an indispensable member of the squad.
At just 17 years old, Zvonarek even played an important role as captain in the final rounds of the league.
Slavin boss Zekic told GOAL: "I didn't let him captain for other reasons, he has the ability. He's made really big progress. ”
"I spoke to Gran Paragi, who is 35 years old and used to be captain. I told him it was time for Zvonarek to be captain because he had the ability. Paragi said it was a great idea. That's enough. ”
Zvonarek's role as club captain since the age of 11 is undoubtedly a record-breaking thing.
At the age of 16 and 351 days, Zvonarek became the youngest captain of a top European league team of all time, breaking the record of the current Brentford defender Oyal when he played for Norway.
This is not the first time Zvonarek has set a record.
Earlier, in his second appearance for Slavin, in the final round of the 2020-21 season, when the team's relegation task was not yet completed, he scored a goal to help the team stay in the top flight.
The goal, which came at the time he was just 16 years old, was the youngest goal scorer in league history, breaking a record held by former AC Milan player HarryLovic.
This season, Zvonarek made 20 appearances, scored 3 goals, and was one of the team's important contributors on the road to relegation.
The way Zwonarek forged a friendship with the team's veteran 39-year-old Korstanovic was also very surprising, and he did not panic in the face of such a situation.
"I felt relaxed. In the dressing room, I don't feel like I'm the youngest player, the age gap is not a problem, we're a good team. ”
Zvonarek obviously has a spiritual power and maturity beyond his age, but does he have talent?
At 1.8 meters tall, he is a bit tall for the number 10 player, but he can use his body to attack, put pressure on the opponent's defense, and pass the ball far away.
Zekic explains, "We put him in different positions so he could adapt to a better league. This season, he's usually the No. 10 player, who can cover any position on the field, and we've also had him play in midfield as well as shadow striker. ”
"He's great at running without the ball, but he also has a clear idea when he has the ball. He has a good grasp of the timing of the pass. ”
"It's hard to describe Lovro in words, he's talented, he's smart, he's very professional. There is a deep understanding of many things. ”
Although Zvonarek and Modric have different characteristics, the two have been compared by the outside world. At the national team level, Zvonarek is also expected to become the leader of the national team like Modric.
To reach this height, he must maintain the pace of progress in Bayern Munich, where he will play for the Bayern Munich reserve in the Fourth Division of Germany in the new season.
Zekic said: "He chose a good club and maybe he is not ready to play in the first team, but it is only a matter of one or two years. ”
'I had hoped he would stay a year longer, but obviously it depends on Bayern Munich.
Regardless of where Zvonarek plays in the 2022-23 season, the basic work of his growth into a star is clearly complete.
If he can finally reach the heights of Modric, Bayern Munich's €2 million investment will be one of the most lucrative in history.
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