Croatian Ante Ćorić is the latest teenage talent to be spotlighted in UEFA.com’s weekly wonderkind feature…
Ćorić, who is another product of the renowned Dinamo Zagreb academy, has reportedly attracted the interest of number of overseas clubs recently, including Bayern Munich and Everton. There are big wraps on the midfielder, as UEFA.com reports in their regular feature of some of the world’s most talented teenage footballers.
“Ante Ćorić is better at 17 than Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinečki and Luka Modrić,” said Dinamo Zagreb chairman Zdravko Mamić, a view shared by Dinamo Zagreb’s current coach Zoran Mamić.
“Ante is a treasure for our club. He is a greater talent than Luka Modrić and Mateo Kovačić were at his age.”
Romeo Jozak, Croatian Football Federation (HNS) technical director, believes that it is just a matter of time before the 17-year-old makes his international debut.
“Ćorić is not only a prospect for Dinamo Zagreb, but for the Croatian national team too.”
Ćorić, who spent four years playing in Austria after moving from Zagreb as a 12-year-old, is now a regular starter for Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian first division. Earlier this year he became the youngest player ever to score in the UEFA Europa League, aged 17 years and 157 days.
“My dreams are coming true. When I was nine, I made my first trip to the Maksimir and I dreamt that one day I would play on that pitch and score a goal in European competition. I can’t believe it’s now come true,” said the U-21 Croatia international. (photo / Yasuyki Nagatsuka)