LUKA MODRIC surprised a six-year-old Ukrainian refugee by FaceTiming the brave youngster.
Six-year-old Ilya Kostusevich lost both his parents after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and since then he has been taken in by Volodymyr and Maria Bespaliy, who live in Kyiv.
And Ilya, who is a big fan of Shakhtar Donetsk, had a one-on-one interview with Real Madrid star Modric.
Shakhtar legend Darijo Srna, who is now the club’s director of football, arranged the call with Modric.
Shy Ilya beamed from ear to ear during the call before covering his mouth in amazement at seeing the Croatian star.
Shakhtar also gifted Ilya with gear and boots, and the youngster spent time playing games with Srna.
The Ukrainian detachment also revealed that it provides financial support to Ilya’s guardians.
Modric was also smiling during the call and was more than happy to share his time with the war victim.
The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner experienced war first hand during his childhood in the Croatian War of Independence.
Modric’s grandfather was killed by Serbian rebels, who later burned down the midfielder’s house after his family fled.
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After the war broke out in Ukraine, Modric tweeted: “I grew up during war and I don’t wish it on anyone. We have to stop this nonsense where innocent people are dying. We want to live in peace. #StopWar.”