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Niko Kranjcar

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 19:58, 29 September 2007 (UTC).2 National team caps and goals correctas of September 12, 2007.* Appearances (Goals)

Niko Kranjčar (born August 13, 1984 in Zagreb) is a Croatian football midfielder. He currently plays for English club Portsmouth, and is also a part of the Croatia national team. He is the son of the famous Zlatko "Cico" Kranjčar

Known for his playmaking abilities such as his range of passing, his vision, his exceptional dribbling, his ability to shoot with both feet from long range, and also his mastery from free-kicks and set-pieces.

Kranjčar spent most of his youth playing for Dinamo Zagreb, and later became captain. However, in early 2005, after a disagreement with the management, he made a surprise transfer to Dinamo's biggest rival, Hajduk. His transfer was probably the biggest sport news of the year in Croatia. It was also the most expensive transfer in Croatian football at the time, until Eduardo da Silva's move to Arsenal in 2007. Niko was chosen for "Young guns firing for World Cup glory" on eurosport.com with some of the greatest talents in the world, such as Leo Messi, Lukas Podolski and Sulley Muntari.

After the 2006 World Cup, the world press hailed him for his talents, and several clubs wanted to buy him. Among those clubs were the French club Stade Rennes and the Spanish Club Celta de Vigo. But in the end, Pompey came with the best offer for him. In August 2006, Rennes bid €4.5 million for Kranjčar, Hajduk rejected that offer and stated they felt they should get more for the player. Later on the same day, Kranjčar then moved for a reported £3.5million (€5.2 million) to Portsmouth on August 31, 2006.

Kranjčar has been part of the Croatian national Under-16, -17, -19 and -21 teams before advancing to the senior national team.


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