Mario Mandžukić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Juventus and the Croatia national team. Besides being a prolific goalscorer, he is known for his great defensive contribution and aerial power.
He started his career in his hometown club Marsonia from where he moved to two Croatian capital city football clubs, first joining NK Zagreb and then signing with Dinamo Zagreb in 2007, where he was Prva HNL top goalscorer in the 2008–09 season. His prolific scoring earned him a transfer to VfL Wolfsburg in 2010. After some impressive performances at UEFA Euro 2012, where he was the joint top scorer with three goals, he was signed by Bayern Munich. In his first season with the club he won three trophies; the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and the Champions League, while also becoming the first Croat to score in a Champions League final. He left Bayern for Atlético Madrid in 2014, and a season later was signed by Juventus for €19 million.
At international level, Mandžukić was given his debut for Croatia in November 2007 under manager Slaven Bilić. He has since participated in two major tournaments, UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, gaining over 60 international caps. He was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2012 and 2013.