However, in Dele Alli, Spurs may have the next best thing.
Alli has been a terrific signing for Mauricio Pochettino, scoring 13 goals and grabbing three assists already this season.
And the England midfielder has improved his stock even further this week, after BT Sport uploaded this video of Alli recreating Modric’s epic strike against Bolton from 2012.
Alli’s teammate Kyle Walker steps up first, however the defender struggles to replicate Modric’s impeccable technique and ultimately fails in five attempts.
Not that Alli had any such trouble though…
Modric moved to Madrid for £30 million, winning the Champions League twice with Los Blancos.
However, with Alli’s progression showing no signs of slowing down, Tottenham fans will surely be ecstatic that the club have replaced Modric with a £5 million signing from MK Dons.