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Name Luka Modric
Gender Male
Ethnic Croatian
Job Croatian Footballer
Desc The Croatian would ascend to greater heights at Real Madrid, where he has won four Champions League titles and a Ballon d’Or. But before that he was a key player for Tottenham Hotspur, helping the north London side into Europe’s premier club competition for the first ever time

Affiliation

Org Croatia National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid
  Tottenham Hotspur

2016 01 10 Retrieve

[Luca Modric says Zinedine Zidane is a change for the better at Real Madrid] I am sorry for Rafa and I would like to thank him for his work, but being honest and seeing today’s game I think that the change has been positive. When you lose there is always someone who has to pay. You just have to compare this match with the previous ones. The team’s attitude was different and hopefully we can continue in the same way

We played a lot more rapidly and we functioned as a team in the way was always should function. Today we were a team from the start, up front, at the back and in the middle. What we did against Deportivo was to pressure higher up the pitch and win back a lot of balls and when we had possession we were very dangerous

2017 06 04 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s coach does not say much but when he does people listen, and his second Champions League win underlined how attuned he is to his players] Zidane tells us what we need to do in the defensive part and in the game to express ourselves, to keep the ball, to play for the team and to try to do our best. If he can see something that we can do on the pitch, he tells us…. [The turnaround] was definitely the mister

2017 12 23 Retrieve

[Luka Modric discusses his future aspirations] Signing for Real Madrid and winning titles is a dream come true. There are not many players who have managed to retire whilst playing for such a team but let’s see what happens. That is my real aim. I also need to win something with Croatia

2018 07 21 Retrieve

[Luka Modric speaks after his side’s 4-2 defeat by France in the World Cup Final] We were so close to winning the World Cup itself. And we will certainly think about it for a long time. But we can be proud. When you see this support of the fans after the match, it definitely makes you happier. We know we did something big here. But when you come so close, it is not easy to take

2018 09 29 Retrieve

[Luka Modric speaks after win The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018] You always have dreams when you start playing football. I’m the type of person who always wants to be the best, so it’s only natural that I dreamed one day I would come this far, and thanks to God here I am now. It’s what I’ve worked so hard for. I pushed myself and believed in myself, even in difficult times. I’ve also made it this far thanks to my team-mates, my family and my friends

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Luka Modric speaks ahead of the European champions’ first match at FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018] There are still some areas where we can improve but I think we’re heading to Abu Dhabi in pretty good form. When there’s a trophy at stake, we’re motivated

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Madrid’s Modric reveals his favourites to win the Ballon d’Or 2019] I think it will be difficult, but for me there are four names that stand out: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah. I wish them good luck

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Luka Modric has revealed he would like to one day play in Italy amid rumours that the midfielder could leave Real Madrid this summer] I like Italy, it’s close to Croatia. I watch Serie A because I have many national team-mates playing there. Then the Italians are fantastic and have a mentality similar to us Croats. We’ll see if one day I can play in Italy, I can’t talk about this because I’m a Real Madrid player, I like being in Real and for now I see my future only there

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s Luka Modric congratulates Barcelona rival Messi after sixth Ballon d’Or win] Sports and football are not just about winning, they’re also about respect for your team-mates and rivals

2019 12 11 Retrieve

[Modric has enjoyed a bounce back in form over recent weeks, perhaps benefitting from the increased rest time Fede Valverde’s emergence has afforded him] I’m very happy in Madrid. It’s true that my season started slowly because of the red card and my two injuries. I lacked consistency and form. Now, I’m feeling well and I’m enjoying football and Madrid more than ever. What I need is to play, improve my form and show what I’ve always shown.

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Kylian Mbappe needs to leave Paris Saint-Germain to reach the level of dominance his potential suggests] Mbappé has everything to dominate the scene. But I think that to make the leap in quality he needs to go to a championship in which his team does not win so easily. I’m sure I can play at a high level for two more years, then we’ll see. I would like to end my career at Real, but it will also depend on the club. Of course, I’ll do the coaching course. For us, the national team is a feeling above football, both as a player and as a coach I’d be honored to be there

[He admitted that Real had missed their ex-superstar since his departure to Juventus in 2018 and was full of praise for the Portugal attacker] Talking about [Ronaldo’s ability] seems trivial to me: he is among the best ever. We missed his goals and character at Real: Cristiano always wants to win, he motivated us and made us react. As a person then he is a 10 - he has a big heart and is always ready to help those in need

2020 06 15b Retrieve

[Luka Modric says Cristiano Ronaldo always motivated Real Madrid to win and Los Blancos miss his goals and character] Talking about the player seems trivial to me - he is among the best ever. We missed his goals and character at Real. Cristiano always wants to win, he motivated us and made us react. As a person then he is 10. He has a big heart and is always ready to help those in need

[Modric believes he can continue to compete at the highest level and wants to end his career at Madrid] I’m sure I can play at a high level for two more years, then we’ll see. I would like to end my career at Real, but it will also depend on the club. Of course, I’ll do the coaching course. For us, the national team is a feeling above football, both as a player and as a coach I’d be honoured to be there