22-year-old Toni Mrkic from Zadar has won the first reality TV series in Croatia revolved around football.
Mrkic has won the football version of Big Brother and with it 100,000 kuna and a 1-year contract with Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.
30 young players were selected from all over Croatia and went into a football camp for the show ‘Utakmica Zivota’. The 11 most talented players then had the chance to play against an All-star selection for the final episode of the show before the winner was announced.
Dinamo’s All-Star side for the match included former Croatia internationals Danijel Pranjić, Gordan Schildenfeld and Sammir. The best of the young players in the show beat the experienced All-Stars 4-3 before Mrkic was declared the winner.
“I probably have not felt the real happiness of all this, I’m not yet aware of the victory. I thank my teammates for their heart and congratulate them, without them this would not be possible. The game itself was quite difficult, our opponents were really good. I am very happy about this experience, I have really learned a lot and worked with top experts who have perfected us in various fields, and I have to thank them,” the winner said.