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Vedran Corluka gets tattoo of Russian doll as tribute to the country

Lokomotiv Moscow defender Vedran Corluka marks three years working in Russia by getting a tattoo of a Matryoshka doll on his leg.

Vedran Corluka recently decided to mark three years of living in Russia by getting a tattoo of a Matryoshka doll on his leg.

The 29-year-old Croatia international signed for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2012 following four years in the Premier League at Tottenham Hotspur.

The defender has revealed that he opted to get the tattoo design to show his dedication to the country where he now plies his trade.

"Each of my tattoos tells a story about a particular stage in my life, and so I decided to dedicate one of them to Russia," Corluka told "For me, it's a tribute to the country, to the fans and to the club that's done so much for me.

"I spent a lot of time working out exactly what the Matryoshka should look like, but in the end I chose the one that I was offered at the tattoo salon. Now, and for the rest of my life, it will be a brilliant memory of Russia."

Corluka has also played for Dinamo Zagreb, Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen.

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Croatia's defender Vedran Corluka (R) and Mexico's forward Oribe Peralta vie for the ball during a Group A football match on June 23, 2014
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