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‘Live up to your worth Hazard’ – Modric warns


Luka Modric has called for Real Madrid team-mate Eden Hazard to show his true form this season following a poor first year at the Bernabeu.

Hazard was one of the high profile moves during the summer transfer window of 2019 when he moved from Chelsea to Madrid for £150million.

But a series of injuries restricted the playmaker to just 22 games in all competitions, netting one goal and providing seven assists.

However he was ruled out of a further 24 games due to a series of injuries, mainly a hairline fracture in the foot throughout the winter.

Modric though sympathises with the 29-year-old, claiming he was trying too hard to play through his injury,

‘Eden is a great guy and a special player, but he was playing with pain and when you’re on the pitch, people always expect the best. They don’t care if you have little problems,’ Modric told AFP.

‘I spoke to him and said, “Eden maybe you need not to play now and recover because next season we need you at your best. This is a season where you’re getting to know everything but next season you need to be 100 per cent because if not, it’s going to be difficult”.


‘Hopefully he comes back without any problems and then I’m sure he’ll show his potential and why the club bought him because we will need him a lot.’

Modric also had advice for another team-mate in Gareth Bale, who also struggled under Zinedine Zidane last term.

The Wales star has fallen out of favour under the Madrid manager and the Croatian star has informed the 31-year-old he now needs to do what is best for his career.

‘Gareth is a great, great player but his situation is not easy. He always has my support but he needs to decide what is best for him and what he wants to do now with his career,’ Modric said.

‘It was not an easy season for him but it is what it is. Maybe now he needs to get back to his best…We’ll see what happens with him.’

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On this day 8 years ago; Madrid confirms the signing of Modric


On August 27, 2012, Luka Modric joined Real Madrid from Tottenham, and went on to become a pivotal part of the club’s success.

The 40 million euros that Los Blancos paid to the North London club eight years ago seemed steep at the time, especially after a difficult first season in the Spanish capital.


However, he has more than repaid that fee in the subsequent years, winning four Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, two LaLiga Santander titles, one Copa del Rey and thee Supercopas de Espana.

Modric has made 343 appearances for Real Madrid so far. His debut came in the Supercopa de Espana against Barcelona in 2012 which Los Blancos won.

The Croatian’s first goal came at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu against Real Zaragoza on Matchday 10 of the 2012/13 season and has racked up 22 in total as a Real Madrid player.

Modric also won the most prestigious individual title in world football in 2018 in the form of the Ballon d’Or, as well as the 2018 ‘The Best’ award.

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‘Respect me, I’m old enough to be your father’ – Modric to Rodrygo


Rodrygo Goes has enjoyed a productive debut campaign with Real Madrid, and he has revealed how Luka Modric advised respect as he was old enough to be his father when he first arrived in Spain.

Ironically, Rodrygo’s father is actually only 35 years old, which is the same age as the former Dinamo Zagreb playmaker.

“When he found out that my father was 35 years old, he didn’t believe it,” Rodrygo explained in a live broadcast on Twitter.

“He then told me I should respect him as he was old enough to be my father.

“Since then he always calls me son and I call him dad.”

When asked by fans if he was a superstitious footballer, the former Santos prodigy admitted that he does have a number of routines to follow.

“I always put the right boot and right shin pad on first,” Rodrygo declared.

“Then I tie the right boot, and when I get onto the pitch I always take the first step with my right foot, and I never step on the line.


“I won’t say any more because they are a little crazy.”

Whilst he hasn’t had too many chances to play with Eden Hazard due to the Belgian’s injury problems, Rodrygo made clear how much he respects the former Chelsea star.

“Playing with him is a dream,” Rodrygo intimated.

“He is one of my idols.

“Hazard is so good and it’s an honour to play with him.”

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‘Ramos is the best Defender in the World’ – Modric


‘Ramos is the best Defender in the World’ – Modric


Luka Modric was full of compliments for team mates Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema after winning his second LaLiga title with Real Madrid.

Luka Modric believs his club team mate Sergio Ramos as a football phenomenon and says the Real Madrid captain is the best defender in the world. Ramos skippered Madrid to the club’s 34th LaLiga title this season and his fifth at the club, scoring 11 times on the way – a record for a defender this century.

Modric and Ramos, friends on and off the pitch
The 34-year-old has won 22 trophies with Los Blancos since joining from Sevilla in 2005 and remains integral to Zinedine Zidane’s plans, with some suggesting he could have been in the running for the Ballon d’Or this year before the 2020 award was cancelled. Modric, who has become a good friend of Ramos since moving to the Spanish capital in 2012, says there can be no doubting his quality.

“My brother Sergio is a phenomenon,” he told Sportske Novosti. “And I’m not just saying that because in eight years we’ve created a really special relationship, we hang out as families, go on holiday together, or because we’ve had fantastic footballing experiences and successes together. Ramos is a 34-year-old rock, a top-level competitor, and when you watch him working on himself, it’s clear how dedicated he is and how hungry he is for success. He’s a team leader and the best defender in the world.”

Benzema at his best

Madrid’s title triumph was also inspired by in-form striker Karim Benzema, whose 21 goals earned his side 16 points in the title race. Modric believes Benzema is now starting to get the recognition he deserves.

“Now, everyone has finally realised what we players have known for a long time,” he said. “Benzema is a top striker who is a pleasure to play with. His understanding of the game, movement, disrupting the balance of the opposition defence, is something special. Benzema has always done a great job for the team and I am just glad that he has now experienced a general standing ovation and great satisfaction from people recognising his class.”


Madrid unbeaten since LaLiga resumed
Madrid trailed Barcelona at the top of the table when LaLiga was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a run of 10 wins in a row and a draw with Leganés on the final day saw them finish five points clear. Modric felt there were signs when the team returned to training that they had a good chance of overhauling the Catalans.

“I’ve already won 16 trophies at Real Madrid, four Champions Leagues, but this LaLiga title made me especially happy,” he added. “We definitely should have had more domestic titles because we threw away some championships in a very clumsy way. While we were shut in our homes, we all trained. I was in contact with team-mates and noticed everyone was working with extra motivation. When we finally got back to training together, I felt an even stronger connection between the players, enjoying being together again and in full swing.”

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Odegaard’s future twist with MODRIC

Luka Modric and Martin Odegaard’s futures are linked. What the Croatian midfielder decides to do will be key to the Norwegian’s future at Real Madrid.

Real Madrid and Real Sociedad are calmly awaiting Luka Modric’s decision. Whether he stays at Real Madrid or not will determine whether Martin Odegaard spends a second season on loan at Real Sociedad or not.

The crisis provoked by COVID-19 makes the Croatian footballer’s chance of staying increase. And the thing is the market will not see as much spending in recent seasons.

In this way, as long as Modric stays at Real Madrid, Sociedad can breath easy knowing they can enjoy having Martin Odegaard for another season, ‘Marca’ reports.

That said, Real Madrid will not force Modric to take a decision despite the fact he only has one year left on his contract. The Croatian has earned the right to determine what will happen with his future, whether he opts to stay or leave at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The cited source gives several options for the Croatian midfielder. He could stay at Real Madrid and then leave for free in summer 2021 to possibly the MLS.

If Modric opts for a move to AC Milan or Inter Miami, for example, that will see Martin Odegaard brought back by ‘Los Blancos’.

Real Sociedad are hoping the Croatian decides to stay for another year at Real so that they have one of the best young talents in La Liga until at least summer 2021.


3-1: Massive help from Kroos as Madrid beat Valencia to reach super cup final

Toni Kroos scored a wonder goal straight from a corner as Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-1 on Wednesday to reach the final of the controversial Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Kroos caught Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech napping with a brilliant, instinctive strike before Isco made it two and Luka Modric added a classy third from a curling finish with the outside of his foot. NobleSport report

After two superb goals, the only shame was more fans were not there to see them given the King Abdullah Sports City stadium appeared only a little more than half full.

Dani Parejo scored a late Valencia penalty but Madrid advance to Sunday’s final where they will meet the winner of the second semi-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had said earlier on Wednesday that he preferred the traditional format of this competition, that pitted the La Liga champions against the winners of the Copa del Rey in a match in Spain in August.

Under those rules, Real Madrid, who finished third in the league last term and failed to reach the final of the cup would not even have qualified but they now have the chance to win their first trophy of the season, possibly against Barca in a Clasico final.

But it is the new location that has grated most, because of the lack of consideration for Spanish fans and the implications of associating with a country that has been heavily criticised for its treatment of women and record over human rights.

In one of the more unusual aspects of the night, a giant banner of the King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia were hung in the centre of the pitch during half-time.

Long unbeaten run
Either side of the interval, Real Madrid were too strong, extending their unbeaten run to 15 matches with another performance to suggest they are La Liga’s form team ahead of the second half of the season.

For long spells, they outplayed Valencia, who have been on a strong run themselves, even if they had to cope without star player Rodrigo Moreno due to a knee injury.

Madrid were also without their own top scorer in Karim Benzema, who has a hamstring strain, as well as Gareth Bale, who has a throat infection.

In their absence, Kroos stepped up with a goal of which both Benzema and Bale would have been proud.

Madrid won the corner in the 15th minute and with Domenech out of his goal, instructing Francis Coquelin, Kroos nipped around the flag and bent the ball towards the net.

Domenech saw it coming but too late, and he could only succeed in punching the ball into the inside of his own side-netting.

Valencia wanted a penalty when Casemiro nudged Carlos Soler in the back and Kevin Gameiro should have done better than blast over after he did well to wriggle through.

But Madrid were the dominant force and Isco doubled the lead before the break. Fede Valverde pulled back for Modric and while his shot was blocked, Isco fired in the follow-up.

Luka Jovic’s struggles continued as he struck the post from close range before Modric added a final flourish, selling Gabriel Paulista with a stepover left before guiding the ball into the far corner with the ouside of his right foot.

Sergio Ramos handballed late on and Parejo scored the penalty but for Valencia the game was already up.


Ronaldo’s 5th ballon d’or was like a sore in my heart – Lionel Messi.

…says the collective titles are most important

Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi was crowned the first-ever player to win six Ballon d’Or trophy at a ceremony which took place in Paris on Monday night (Dec,2).

Before the event, Messi and his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo who both dominated the Ballon d’Or for a decade between 2008 and 2017, were on five each before the Barcelona superstar broke the tie yesterday.

In a new interview, Messi revealed that he was hurt when Cristiano Ronaldo joined him on five Ballon d’Or triumphs, claiming that the Portuguese will be experiencing similar emotions after he failed to show up at the 2019 Ballon d’Or’ ceremony.

“On the one hand, I enjoyed having five and being the only one,” Messi told France Football. ‘When Cristiano moved level, I admit that it hurt me a bit. I was no longer alone at the top. But it made sense, although it was good when I was alone at five.

“Was I frustrated in the last few years? Let’s say I understood why I did not win. As a team, we had not achieved our major goal, which was to win the Champions League, which gives you more chances to win the Ballon d’Or.

“When Cristiano Ronaldo won it is because he had achieved great seasons by winning the Champions League and being decisive. It was deserved, there was not much I could do.

“Did I feel injustice? It’s up to you to tell me if the Ballon d’Or is awarded to the best player or the one who enjoys the best season.

“It is also down to individual taste. Some prefer Cristiano, others myself or Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. People have the right to choose the one they like most.”

“Do I understand Ronaldo’s frustration? It is something that we live, feel and express according to our own way of being.

“Once again, the collective titles are the most important thing, even if the individual trophies are rewarding. When the Ballon d’Or eludes you, everyone reacts in their own way. But when you are a top athlete, you always want to win.”