Hard to believe, but true!
Lovro Zvonarek (16) captained his current side, Slaven Belupo, against Hajduk Split (0-0) on Sunday despite his young age. And break a special record! Not the first of him …
At 16 years, 11 months and 16 days, he is the youngest player to have captained a team in the Croatian first division.
In the summer, the Croatian will move to Bayern Munich for a salary of 1.8 million euros and is initially planned primarily for the second team. Until then, he should still gain experience at Skaven Belupo. And now also as captain!
Zvonarek may now hold a European record: Within the continent, Norwegian Kristoffer Ayer was previously the record holder for the youngest first division captain at 16 years, 11 months and 20 days.
Zvonarek is also the youngest scorer in the Croatian league. At the age of 16 years and 14 days, he scored in the 1-0 win against NK Varazdin on 22 May 2021.
Zvonarek is causing a stir in Croatia – and soon for Bayern too? He has been under contract since summer 2022, but will initially have time for him to develop him at Bayern II. Zvonarek was already training on the Munich campus, in front of the eyes of coaches Martin Demichelis and Danny Schwarz. There he was tested – and found to be exceptionally good!
Discoverer Tomislav Stipic (42, former Aue second division manager) says of him: “He has the ability to become the new Luka Modric. He is much further away than anyone else at that age. The overall package is sensational ”.
Zvonarek is already proving in Croatia that he is capable of something: if this continues, Bayern fans can expect the attacking midfielder in the Bundesliga in the future too!