Mario Mandzukic is a Croatian forward who plays for Spanish side Atletico Madrid and the Croatia national football team. Mandzukic is known for being a prolific finisher and his great defensive work and off the ball play.
Born on the 21st of May 1986 in Salvonski Brod, SFR Yugoslavia and he began his club career at TSF Ditzingen in 1992 before moving to Marsonia in 1996, NK Zagreb in 2003 and he returned to Marsonia in 2004. In the summer of 2005 he signed for NK Zagreb and he earned interest from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea while at Zagreb. In 2007 Mandzukic signed for Dinamo Zagreb for 1.3 million pounds and he was seen as a replacement for Eduardo who signed for Arsenal.
Early on his Dinamo career he put in a world class performance against Ajax scoring two goals in extra time to secure a dramatic 3-2 away win. Mandzukic played over 80 games scoring over 40 goals for Dinamo Zagreb before signing for German club VfL Wolfsburg in 2010 for 7 million pounds. With the presence of Edin Dzeko, Mandzukic played on the left wing. The departure of Dzeko to Manchester City meant Mandzukic had more game time up front.
After an impressive performance at the 2012 UEFA EURO tournament with Croatia Mandzukic signed for Bayern Munich in June 2012 for 13 million pounds. He made his competitive debut for the club against Borussia Dortmund to help his team win the German Supercup. He scored his first league goal against Greuther Furth and since then he has been the number one striker at the club which meant less time for Mario Gomez. Gomez departed for Fiorentina at the start of the 2013-14 season. Mandzukic scored his first goal for Bayern Munich in September 2008 against England and he has become one of the nation's best strikers in recent years. Mandzukic departed Bayern Munich for Atletico Madrid in 2014 as the arrival of Robert Lewandowski meant Mandzukic would be benched.