Darijo Srna



Darijo Srna (pronounced [dâːrijo sř̩na]; born 1 May 1982) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk, which he captains. He also captained the Croatia national team from 2009 to 2016. He can play all across the right wing and is known for his crossing and free kick ability. He began his career at Hajduk Split, before moving to Shakhtar in 2003. He has won numerous trophies during his time at Shakhtar, including a UEFA Cup title in 2009, seven Ukrainian Premier League titles, five Ukrainian Cup titles and five Ukrainian Super Cup titles. Srna made his international debut for Croatia in November 2002. In 2009, then manager Slaven Bilić made him the captain of the national team, a position he would hold until retirement from international football in 2016. Srna is the most capped player in the history of the Croatia national team, having represented his country at the 2006 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as at UEFA Euro 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. He is also the most capped player in the history of Shakhtar and is considered to be one of the most legendary players in the club's history, to the extent of being even referred to as the "Icon of Shakhtar". While with Shakhtar, Srna had offers from clubs like Chelsea and Bayern Munich, which he declined due to his loyalty to the club.

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