Real Madrid’s veteran midfielder Luka Modric has shed light on his opinion on the GOAT (greatest of all time) debate. His preferred choice was a surprising one!
The 37-year-old Croatian is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation, known for his exceptional technical skills, vision, passing, and creativity. He has been honored with many individual accolades, most notably the 2018 Ballon d’Or because of his heroics in the 2018 World Cup. Modric took Croatia all the way to the World Cup final with his sensational performance and won the Golden Ball as well.
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— Football hall of fame (@thesporttb) March 17, 2023
To be more specific, he was the first player to end the Ronaldo-Messi reign at the Ballon d’Or since Ronaldo won it for the first time in 2008.
Moreover, with Luka on the team, Real Madrid won multiple La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles. As a member of the Croatian national team, Modric has also enjoyed a fruitful career. In 2018, the team was led by Modric to the World Cup final, where they ultimately came in second place.
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Luka Modric believes Lionel Messi is the “greatest of all time”
Following Croatia’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Argentina, Luka Modric went on to praise the Argentinian talisman and wish him all the success.
“I hope he will win this World Cup, he is the best player in history and he deserves it. He is playing a great World Cup, he shows quality and greatness in every game. I want to congratulate Argentina, I don’t want to take credit away from them. They deserve to be in the final. But that first penalty wasn’t a penalty, and it destroyed us,” said Modric.
Lionel Messi then went on to win the World Cup in a nail-biting final match against France, which solidified his place even further in the GOAT debate.
Furthermore, the news of Modric considering Lionel Messi the greatest player of all time—not his longtime teammate Cristiano Ronaldo—came as a shock to his legion of fans around the world. During their time together on the Real Madrid team from 2012-2018, Ronaldo and Modric won four Champions Leagues and two Spanish league titles.
Well… Lionel Messi is just that special…
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